September 29, 1981: Falcone Homers, Shuts Out Phillies
|Date: September 29, 1981|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone|
|Key player(s): Pete Falcone|
|Key play: Falcone's home run & two-run single|
The Mets played the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. Pete Falcone led the way for the Mets with a four-hit shutout. Pete helped his own cause greatly with a home run and a two-run single as the Mets defeated the Phils, 7-0.
Falcone and the Phillies' Mark Davis each began the game with two scoreless innings. In the top of the third, Falcone led off with his first major league home run. Lee Mazzilli hit a double with one out and later scored on Davis's wild pitch. A home run by Dave Kingman then made it a 3-0 lead for the Mets.
In the top of the fourth, John Stearns got a leadoff single. He later scored on a ground out for the Mets' fourth run of the game. Falcone then shut down the Phils in the bottom of the inning and followed up with a scoreless fifth.
Kingman singled and stole second base to begin the top of the sixth inning. Following an out, Stearns singled to bring home Kingman and make the score 5-0 in favor of the Mets. After Davis was relieved by Warren Brusstar, Falcone singled with the bases loaded to score Stearns and Doug Flynn for two more runs. Pete then retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half.
Falcone held Philadelphia hitless in the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, he allowed a one-out single to Pete Rose before setting down the next two batters to end the game. Pete had become the first Met ever to pitch a shutout for a game in which he hit a home run.