September 28, 1980: Scott's First Shutout

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Date: September 28, 1980
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 8
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Joel Youngblood, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Youngblood’s home run, Brooks’ triple

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Scott pitched his first major league shutout in an 8-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Scott retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Lee Mazzilli drew a walk against Cards’ starter Al Olmsted with two outs in the bottom half. Joel Youngblood followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Steve Henderson singled and Dan Norman drew a walk. Hubie Brooks hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez for the third out and Terry Kennedy got a one-out single in the top of the second. Tito Landrum singled and Scott struck out Mike Ramsey to end the inning. Olmsted then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Scott and Olmsted each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Landrum hit a single with one out in the top of the seventh. Ramsey singled and pinch-hitter Ted Simmons followed with a grounder to second baseman Bill Almon for an inning-ending double play. Almon doubled against Redbirds’ reliever John Urrea to begin the bottom half. Scott was retired on a popped up bunt to third baseman Ken Oberkfell. Frank Taveras reached on shortstop Ramsey’s error that allowed Almon to advance to third base. Alex Trevino hit a ground ball on which Almon got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Ramsey. Mazzilli was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Urrea then got Youngblood to fly out to left fielder Leon Durham and finish off the inning.

Scott yielded only a double to Hernandez in the top of the eighth. Henderson and pinch-hitter Claudell Washington drew back-to-back walks against Urrea to open the bottom half. After a double steal, Brooks hit a triple off St. Louis reliever John Littlefield to drive home Henderson and Washington. Almon doubled to score Brooks and a strikeout of Scott ensued. Taveras singled and went to second base on center fielder Landrum’s error that brought home Almon, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Trevino drew a walk and Mazzilli reached on an error by Littlefield to load the bases. Youngblood hit a sacrifice fly to score Taveras and a walk to Henderson loaded the bases once again. Washington walked against the Cardinals’ John Martin to force home Trevino with the eighth New York run of the game. Martin then fanned Brooks to close out the inning.

Dane Iorg grounded out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen to lead off the top of the ninth. Kennedy was retired on a grounder to shortstop Taveras. Scott then got Landrum to ground out to Almon and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Mike’s first shutout as a major leaguer.