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Random Game Callback, April 23, 1982
2006-04-23 03:59
by Bob Timmermann
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.

Rusty Staub batted for Ron Gardenhire to lead off the ninth and drew a walk. Bob Bailor ran for Staub and Jeff Reardon came into relieve Gullickson. Pinch hitter Mike Jorgensen sacrificed Bailor to second. Mookie Wilson then tripled to right to score Bailor and tie the game at 4-4. But Reardon was able to retire Wally Backman and George Foster to preserve the tie.

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.

2006-04-23 11:25:10
1.   Suffering Bruin
I'm sure there is a life without RGC's. I just don't want to know about it.
2006-04-23 11:38:26
2.   Bob Timmermann
I guess I better write some more of them today. I'm only done through May 2.
2006-04-23 12:24:57
3.   Linkmeister
I'm with SB. They're fun and they bring back baseball names I'd forgotten. For example, if I ever knew Gardenhire had played MLB rather than just managed the Twins it had escaped me.
2006-04-23 12:40:11
4.   Bob Timmermann
And here I thought Bamberger's quote about Orosco was the real find.

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