Tonight an old Mets nemesis, Lefty Steve Carlton took on Brooklyn's own Pete Falcone.
|Philadelphia Phillies||New York Mets|
|1||Lonnie Smith||RF||1||Frank Taveras||SS|
|2||Pete Rose||1B||2||Elliott Maddox||3B|
|3||Garry Maddox||CF||3||Lee Mazzilli||1B|
|4||Mike Schmidt||3B||4||Jerry Morales||CF|
|5||Greg Luzinski||LF||5||John Stearns||C|
|6||Bob Boone||C||6||Joel Youngblood||RF|
|7||Larry Bowa||SS||7||Dan Norman||LF|
|8||Luis Aguayo||2B||8||Doug Flynn||2B|
|9||Steve Carlton||P||9||Pete Falcone||P|
The game would start out with Falcone striking out the first six batters he faced, setting a Mets record while accomplishing that feat. It also tied an MLB record & had only been done four times proio in baseball history.
Falcone struck out Lonnie Smith & Pete Rose swinging & then got Gary Maddox looking at a called third strike. In the 2nd inning, he got sluggers Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski & then catcher Bob Boone to all go down swinging.
Falcone was going good until weak hitting reserve second baseman Lis Aguayo hit a two run homer in the 5th inning. The two runs would be all the Phillies needed in the 2-1 win. Carlton walked Eliot Maddox with the bases loaded for the Mets only run. Former Met legend Tug McGraw came on for the save as a Phillie.
The Italian American Falcone, a Brooklyn kid & cousin of Mets coach Joe Pignatano went 7-11 for the 1980 Mets, tied for second most wins on the staff.
He spent four years with the Mets, going 26-37 with a 3.91 ERA in 145 games 86 starts.