Jun 9, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (1980) Mets Pitcher Pat Zachry vs. Dodgers Ron Cey- Starts A Bench Clearing Brawl

Tuesday June 10th 1980: A small Shea crowd of 14,759 came out to see Tommy Lasorda's second place Dodgers (32-22) just 1/23 game out of first place, take on Joe Torre's fourth place Mets (24-27). 

The Mets Pat Zachry went up against L.A.'s Bob Welch as tonight's starting pitchers. 

In the top of the 2nd, 
Zachry served up back to back HRs to Steve Garvey & Dusty Baker. The
next batter was Dodger third baseman, Ron Cey. 

Zachry drilled Cey in the hip with a pitch, after taking exception to the back to back HRs. Cey charged the mound & tackled Zachry at the knees. Both benches cleared & everyone was on the field in a classic bench clearing brawl. 

After order was restored, Ron Cey was ejected from the game. 

In the 4th inning, Dusty Baker hit another HR off Zachry, a two run shot, making it 4-0. Pat Zachry would pitch four innings, allowing four runs, three of them HRs. He was relieved by Tom Hausman in the 5th inning.

The Mets answered with base hits from Lee Mazzilli & Frank Tavares to start off the bottom of the inning. Then Steve Henderson drew a walk to load the bases. 

Mets catcher, John Stearns singled up the middle bringing in two runs making it 4-2. Joel Youngblood's sac fly made it a one run, 4-3 game. Mike Jorgensen then drew a walk & Elliott Maddox hit a sac fly, scoring Stearns with the tying run. 

In the 6th inning, with two outs Mike Jorgensen singled & Eliott Maddox walked. Second baseman Doug Flynn then singled off Bob Welch, to bring in Jorgensen in what was the game winning run. 

Tom Hausman pitched five innings of shut out ball, earning the win to go to 2-1. Bob Welch took the loss getting to 6-2.

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