Tonight's game had John McNamara's second place Cincinnati Reds (33-28) come to Shea to play Joe Torre's sixth place Mets (23-32) in front of a tiny crowd of 9,805 fans. The Mets sent Pete Falcone to the mound against the Reds Bill Bonham.
|Cincinnati Reds||New York Mets|
|1||Dave Collins||RF||1||Joel Youngblood||RF|
|2||Junior Kennedy||2B||2||Frank Taveras||SS|
|3||Dave Concepcion||SS||3||Lee Mazzilli||CF|
|4||George Foster||LF||4||Richie Hebner||3B|
|5||Dan Driessen||1B||5||Willie Montanez||1B|
|6||Ray Knight||3B||6||John Stearns||C|
|7||Paul Blair||CF||7||Steve Henderson||LF|
|8||Vic Correll||C||8||Doug Flynn||2B|
|9||Bill Bonham||P||9||Pete Falcone||P|
Pete Falcone gave up five runs & by the 6th inning, the Mets were down 5-2 by the bottom of the 6th inning & it looked like another day in the lives of the '79 Mets.
But in the home 6th a rally started. John Stearns doubled & Steve Henderson drew a walk. The Reds changed pitchers as Manny Sarmiento came in relief. Second baseman Doug Flynn then reached on an error to load up the bases.
Pinch hitter Ron Hodges then drew a walk and the Mets had their first run of the inning. Sergio Ferrer came in to pinch run for Hodges. After a pop out by Joel Youngblood, short stop Frank Taveras doubled to right field bringing in Henderson & Flynn tying up the game.
The Reds brought in Dave Tomlin to pitch & Lee Mazzilli was walked intentionally. Richie Hebner then singled bringing in Sergio Ferrer & the speedy Taveras, as the fourth & fifth runs of the inning scored.
The Mets Willie Montanez then reached on another Reds error.
John Sterans who started the inning off, flew out to center for out number two. Steve Henderson then singled to center bringing in Hebner. If the Red weren't haven't an inning from hell already, the light hitting Doug Flynn added to their misery.
Flynn hit a shot to center that got through the outfielders, Montanez scored, Henderson scored & Flynn rounded the bases for an inside the park HR. The three runs put ten runs on the board for the Mets setting a single season franchise record. (The record held until 2006 when they scored 11 runs.) The Mets sent 13 men to the plate, collected five hits, with two walks & two Reds errors. The Mets went on to a 12-6 win, with Dale Murray earning the victory.
Trivia: Doug Flynn hit four HRs in 1979, he had not hit a HR in the three previous seasons. In his 11 year career he hit a total of seven HRs.