September 30, 1980: Falcone's Complete Game Beats Bucs

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Date: September 30, 1980
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 3
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Pete Falcone, Mike Jorgensen, Alex Trevino
Key play: Jorgensen’s single, Trevino’s double and sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Pete Falcone pitched a complete game in a 3-2 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Falcone held the Bucs to a single by Tony Pena and a pair of walks from the first inning to the fourth. Pirates’ starter Don Robinson responded by retiring all twelve Mets batters in the bottom halves. Pete set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Steve Henderson singled and advanced to second base on an error by Don Robinson. Mike Jorgensen went down on strikes and Hubie Brooks’ ground out to second baseman Vance Law moved Henderson to third. Alex Trevino hit a double to score Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Trevino went to third on a wild pitch and Don Robinson threw a called third strike past Bill Almon to end the inning.

Don Robinson doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Omar Moreno got a bunt single to send Don Robinson to third base and stole second. Law grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman to bring home Don Robinson and advance Moreno to third. Mike Easler followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Moreno and put the Pirates ahead, 2-1. Falcone retired Bill Robinson on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Brooks. Don Robinson then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Falcone shut down the Bucs in the top of the seventh. Henderson got a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Jorgensen singled to drive home Henderson and moved to second base on left fielder Bill Robinson’s error. Mike went to third on Brooks’ sacrifice bunt and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Trevino. Don Robinson fanned Almon for the inning’s third out and singled with one out in the top of the eighth. With Moreno at bat, pinch-runner Matt Alexander was caught stealing second on catcher Trevino’s throw to shortstop Almon. Falcone threw a called third strike past Moreno to close out the inning. Pittsburgh reliever Mark Lee then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Law was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Joel Youngblood to begin the top of the ninth. Easler grounded out to Backman and consecutive singles by Bill Robinson and Pena ensued. Falcone then got Kurt Bevacqua to fly out to Youngblood and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Pete’s only complete game of the season.