September 30, 1981: Mazzilli's Single in 9th Beats Cubs
|Date: September 30, 1981|
|Mets starter: Charlie Puleo|
|Winning pitcher: Neil Allen|
|Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli|
|Key play: Mazzilli's single|
The Mets played the Cubs on Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. It was a fast-moving game that ended in two hours and twenty-two minutes. The Mets won it by a score of 2-1 on Lee Mazzilli's run scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Charlie Puleo and Chicago's Doug Bird each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. The Cubs got a run in the top of the fourth when Leon Durham came home on an error by Mets' shortstop Ron Gardenhire. Bird retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and neither team scored in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth inning, Durham reached second base on a hit to left field. However, he failed to touch first and was ruled out after a Mets appeal. Puleo retired the next two batters to finish the inning and set down Chicago in order in the seventh.
Hubie Brooks led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double off Bird. Dave Kingman followed with a single to score Brooks and tie the game for the Mets. The Cubs loaded the bases with two out in the eighth, but did not score against Puleo. Bird then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Neil Allen shut down the Cubs after a leadoff single by Ty Waller. In the bottom half, John Stearns singled off Chicago reliever Randy Martz. Stearns advanced to second base on Brooks' sacrifice bunt and Kingman was walked intentionally by Willie Hernandez. Pinch-hitting for Mike Jorgensen, Mazzilli delivered a single that brought home Stearns with the winning run. The Mets had a victory on Lee's clutch hit.