In a game that could be described as a real seesaw, it was the Phillies who had the final push and the Mets who got bounced for the third straight game, falling 4-3 in front of 24,302 fans at Veterans Stadium. Wayne Twitchell picked up the win for the Phightin’ Phils, while Jon Matlack was on the losing side for the not-so-Amazin’s.
Philadelphia got a first-inning run off Matlack when Cesar Tovar led off with a single and Greg Luzinski doubled him in three batters later. The Mets’ turn came in the fourth and was started by a leadoff single by Felix Millan. After Rusty Staub struck out, John Milner slashed a triple to right, tying the game for the moment. And it was just a moment, as Ed Kranepool broke the tie with a sac fly to right. Wayne Garrett added punctuation to the big inning with a solo home run that made it 3-1.
Matlack got through the fourth just fine and seemed to weather a storm in the fifth when, after Bob Boone singled to lead off, he got Larry Bowa to ground into a force out and took a sac bunt from Wayne Twitchell. However, he hit Tovar with a pitch to put two runners on, and three straight singles from Terry Harmon, Willie Montanez, and Luzinski plated three straight runs to put the Phillies back up, 4-3.
That was it for the scoring, as Matlack lasted one more inning before handing the ball to Tug McGraw for a couple scoreless frames. Twitchell then settled in for the long haul, allowing just one more hit (a harmless Garrett single in the sixth) en route to the complete-game victory and the sweep.
The starting lineups for today’s game looked like this:
New York Mets
|1||Don Hahn||CF||1||Cesar Tovar||CF|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Terry Harmon||2B|
|3||Rusty Staub||RF||3||Willie Montanez||1B|
|4||John Milner||1B||4||Greg Luzinski||LF|
|5||Ed Kranepool||LF||5||Mike Schmidt||3B|
|6||Wayne Garrett||3B||6||Mike Anderson||RF|
|7||Jim Fregosi||SS||7||Bob Boone||C|
|8||Ron Hodges||C||8||Larry Bowa||SS|
|9||Jon Matlack||P||9||Wayne Twitchell||P|
The promise of the Mets’ five-game winning streak has been squandered already, as the team has fallen back to 28-32, good for fourth place in the NL East and eight and a half back of the Cubs. Yogi and company will look to get back on track tomorrow as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates.