May 17, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1978- Lenny Randle Has A Big Night

May 18,1978: Two managers who have had long careers and are still in the game today, were at the helm at Shea on this day in 1978. Joe Torre's 5th place Mets Mets hosted Bobby Cox's last place Braves to mere crowd of just under 5,000. Pat Zachary started for the Mets against Preston Hana of Atlanta but neither got past the 3rd inning. The game went back & forth, the Mets scored 1st, the Braves got four in the top of the 2nd knocking out Zachary. They came back to tie it up in the 7th inning, sending it into extra innings.

First baseman Willie Montanez went 3-3 with a walk, including two doubles. He tied the game with a double in the seventh inning, driving in his 4th run of the game. Left fielder Steve Henderson went 4-5 with a walk and two RBIs. Lenny Randle possibly had the best day of everyone, batting lead off going 3-3 with three walks and five runs scored.

He led the game off with a walk and scored the Mets 1st run on Montanez's sac fly. In the 3rd inning he singled & scored on a Henderson base hit, then led off the 5th with a double and came around on a Bobby Valentine hit. He again led off in the 7th inning with a triple, scoring on Lee Mazzilli's ground out. In the bottom of the 10th, Randle got on with his third walk of the day, he was bunted over to scoring position by pitcher Skip Lockwood. Mazzilli was intentionally walked and Steve Henderson singled home Randle with the game winner 8-7.

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