September 5, 1982: Seven Runs in 2nd Rout Reds

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Date: September 5, 1982
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 10
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Bruce Bochy, Ellis Valentine, Dave Kingman
Key play: Bochy’s two-run single, Valentine’s and Kingman’s home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored seven runs in the second inning and defeated Cincinnati, 10-2.

Mets’ starter Ed Lynch surrendered only a walk to Cesar Cedeno in the top of the first. The Reds’ Bob Shirley pitched a scoreless bottom half and Johnny Bench singled to lead off the top of the second. Larry Biittner hit a double to advance Bench to third base. Ron Oester followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Bob Bailor threw to third baseman Hubie Brooks for an out on Biittner. Brooks followed up with a throw to first baseman Dave Kingman to complete a double play, during which Bench scored for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Alex Trevino singled and Shirley drew a walk. Tom Lawless then grounded back to Lynch for the inning’s third out.

Kingman singled against Shirley to begin the bottom of the second. Consecutive walks to George Foster and Brooks loaded the bases and Brian Giles flied out to right fielder Duane Walker. Bruce Bochy singled to drive home Kingman and Foster, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Lynch reached second base on Shirley’s error that allowed Brooks to score. Mookie Wilson drew a walk to reload the bases and Bailor hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Bochy. Ellis Valentine connected for a three-run homer to extend the New York lead to 7-1. Reds’ reliever Ben Hayes then struck out Kingman to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless third, Trevino got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Trevino went to second base on Hayes’ sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Lawless. Walker singled to score Trevino with the Reds’ second run and Cedeno grounded to Brooks for an inning-ending double play. Lynch drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Wilson hit a force play grounder to first baseman Dan Driessen and stole second. Bailor walked and Hayes retired Valentine on a fly ball to left fielder Biittner that closed out the inning.

Lynch set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Foster got a one-out single in the bottom half. Brooks reached on third baseman Bench’s error and Giles was struck out. Bochy singled to score Foster for an 8-2 Mets lead. Hayes fanned Lynch to end the inning and Ed yielded just a single to Trevino in the top of the sixth. Cincinnati reliever Charlie Leibrandt then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco gave up only a single to Walker in the top of the seventh. Kingman homered to lead off the bottom of the inning. Foster was retired on a line drive to shortstop Oester. Brooks grounded out to second baseman Lawless and a single by Giles ensued. Bochy hit a double to drive home Giles with the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Leibrandt then fanned Orosco to end the inning.

Orosco pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Leibrandt in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Mike Vail flied out to right fielder Valentine to begin the top of the ninth. Walker grounded out to Bailor and a single by Cedeno followed. Orosco then got Driessen to fly out to center fielder Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory to close out the series.