Jun 9, 2020

Remembering Mets History: (1980) Mets Pat Zachry vs. Dodgers Ron Cey 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 2nd ,Zachry gave up back to back HRs to Steve Garvey & Dusty Baker. The next batter was third baseman; Ron Cey. Zachry drilled Cey in the hip with a pitch 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. 

Cey was ejected from the game after order was restored. In the 4th inning, Dusty Baker hit a two run HR off Zachry making it 4-0. But the Mets answered with base hits to start off the bottom of the inning. Lee Mazzilli & Frank Taveras both singled, then Steve Henderson drew a walk. 

John Stearns singled up the middle bringing in two runs. Joey Youngblood's sac fly made it 4-3. Mike Jorgensen then drew a walk & Eliott Maddox hit a sac fly scoring Stearns with the tying run. 

The score stayed that way until the 6th inning, with two outs Jorgensen singled & Maddox walked. Second baseman Doug Flynn then singled to bring in Jorgensen in what was the game winning run. Tom Hausman relieved Zachry & pitched five innings of shut out ball earning the win to go to 2-1. Welch took the loss at 6-2.

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