The Montreal Expos, who came within one game of going to the World Series the year
before, faced off against the young New York Mets at Stade Olympique and the Expos
were able to push across a run in the ninth for a 5-4 that sent the 15,470 fans home happy.
Bill Gullickson started for the Expos while Randy Jones started for the Mets. They were
two pitchers on different career paths. Jones, who had won the Cy Young award in 1976,
was pitching in his last season in the majors. Meanwhile, Gullickson was starting his
third full season and would pitch until 1994. New York was managed by George
Bamberger, who would see his former team, the Milwaukee Brewers make it to the
World Series in 1982. Jim Fanning skippered the Expos.
The Mets scored in the second inning when John Stearns singled home Dave Kingman.
Kingman homered in the fourth to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
The Expos tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when Al Oliver followed Andre
Dawson's double with a home run to tie the game. The teams each scored a run in the
fifth to make it 3-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Warren Cromartie homered off of Jones to put the Expos
ahead 4-3 and chase Jones from the game in favor of Craig Swan. Ed Lynch came in to
pitch the seventh and eighth to keep the Mets down just by one run.
Jesse Orosco came in to pitch the ninth for the Mets. Orosco had celebrated his 25th
birthday just two days earlier. With one out, Rodney Scott singled and stole second.
Terry Francona drew a walk and Bamberger opted to bring in Neil Allen to face Andre
Dawson, who singled to load the bases. Now with one out and the bases loaded, Allen
had to face Oliver, probably Montreal's best hitter. Oliver singled to center to score Scott
with the winning run.
After the game, Bamberger bemoaned his relief corps' inability to get out lefties. Of
Orosco, Bamberger said, "The kid has been spotty, but if I can't use him against left-
handed batters, what's the use of having him." This game was Orosco's 32nd career
appearance in the majors. He would go on to pitch in 1220 more games. Apparently, he
was able to get out lefties.
The Expos were not able to return to the playoffs in 1982 as they finished third with an
86-76 record, six games behind St. Louis. The Mets finished last with a 65-97 record.
The biggest event for the Mets in 1982 was the amateur draft on June 7. With the 5th pick,
the Mets took a righthanded pitcher from Tampa named Dwight Gooden.
Sources: New York Times, Retrosheet, Baseball-Reference.