METS 7, BRAVES 6 (10)
Friday, July 21, 1978 at Shea Stadium
Game 1247 – 9/7/12
Light-hitting Sergio Ferrer’s clutch pinch-hit single in the last of the 10th drove home Len Randle from second base with the game-winning run, saving New York from a six-run collapse as the Mets edged the Braves 7-6.
With Eddie Solomon (3-8) taking over pitching duties from a tired Gene Garber to start off the extra frame, leadoff batter Randle greeted Solomon with a sharp single to right; Bobby Valentine then laid down the sacrifice to move Randle to second, but the ball skittered past the mound into no-man’s land for a perfect bunt hit, advancing Randle into scoring position. With the pitcher’s spot in the batting order coming up and still nobody out, manager Joe Torre went to the bench for the switch-hitting Ferrer, who was 3-for-15 as a pinch-hitter this season; Ferrer promptly drilled Solomon’s first offering down the line into left field, sending a jubilant Randle home with the deciding run and making a first-time winner of Bob Myrick (1-0), who’d pitched three scoreless innings leading into the 10th.
New York had built a commanding 6-0 lead in the first inning off Braves starter Jamie Easterly, who carried a dismal 0-6 record into the game and was making his first start of the month; the Mets batted around and sent twelve runners to the plate, with Joel Youngblood’s 2-run double and Lee Mazzilli’s 2-run single—his second base hit of the inning—leading the attack.
The Braves, however, were far from giving up, and struck for a trio of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game 6-6, chasing Jerry Koosman from the game and then doing the same to Dale Murray, who’d been summoned from the bullpen after Koosman suddenly developed control problems. Two bases loaded walks and a run-scoring double play accounted for the first three Atlanta runs, while an RBI single from Jerry Royster and a bases-loaded 2-run double from Darrel Chaney knotted the game in the seventh.
Randle and Youngblood each had three hits apiece in the game to lead the Mets, while Royster’s three singles was the bright spot for the Braves, who saw their modest win streak snapped at three.
• The game was played at night at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, on the living room table while I listened to A Momentary Lapse of Reason by Pink Floyd.
• This was Mets pitcher Bob Myrick’s first appearance in a Statis Pro game since his real-life passing two weeks ago of a heart attack in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Myrick had been called up to the SP78 Mets on July 10th and made his fourth appearance of the season tonight against Atlanta, securing his first win one week after earning his first save, which he accomplished in a 4-3 Mets victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium on July 13th.