September 27, 1982: Holman Gives Mets Win Over Pirates
|Date: September 27, 1982|
|Mets starter: Scott Holman|
|Winning pitcher: Scott Holman|
|Key player(s): Scott Holman, Mike Howard|
|Key play: Holman’s and Howard’s RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Scott Holman pitched a complete game and singled to drive in the winning run as the Mets defeated Pittsburgh, 4-1.
Holman yielded only a single to Johnny Ray in the top of the first inning. Bucs’ starter Rick Rhoden gave up just a single to Ellis Valentine in the bottom half and Scott hurled a perfect top of the second. Gary Rajsich hit a triple to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ron Hodges grounded out to shortstop Dale Berra to score Rajsich for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rhoden then got Hubie Brooks to ground out to Berra and retired Brian Giles on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Easler that ended the inning.
Holman and Rhoden each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. With one out in the top of the fifth, Tony Pena homered to tie the game at 1-1. Berra grounded out to third baseman Brooks and a fly ball by Rhoden was caught by left fielder Rajsich to close out the inning. Brooks and Giles got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Holman hit a single that brought home Brooks with the go-ahead run. On the play, Giles got caught by Easler’s throw and was tagged out by Berra. Mike Howard singled to advance Holman to third base. With Ron Gardenhire at bat, a wild pitch moved Howard to second and plated Holman for a 3-1 Mets lead. Gardenhire then grounded back to Rhoden for the inning’s final out.
After a scoreless sixth, Holman held the Pirates to a single by Pena in the top of the seventh. Giles got a one-out single in the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Holman advanced Giles to second base. Howard singled to bring home Giles with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. On his own hit, Howard went to second via a throw to the plate. Rhoden retired Gardenhire on a ground ball to third baseman Jim Morrison to end the inning and Holman yielded just a single to Ray in the top of the eighth. Pittsburgh reliever Rod Scurry then gave up only a double to Valentine in the bottom half.
Jason Thompson singled to open the top of the ninth. Doug Frobel was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Dave Parker hit a single to right field. Pena was retired on a fly ball to Rajsich. Holman then struck out pinch-hitter Willie Stargell to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Scott’s complete game and first major league RBI.