1978 Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For the second time in the 36-year history of the annual Hall of Fame Game, rain cut the contest short, and the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers played six innings to finish in a 4-4 tie.

The Mets took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh when Bruce Bosclair hit a solo home run, but it began raining and the game was called, the score reverted to the last complete inning.

Designated hitter Milt May gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run, but the Mets would come back to tie it in the next inning when Tom Grieve also hit a solo shot.

In the bottom of the third, Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker walked for the Tigers, then May doubled, scoring Trammel. Whitaker scored on a Jason Thompson single to give Detroit a two-run lead.

New York retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Ron Hodges drew a walk, and Frank Pignatano singled, then Lenny Randle hit a three-run home run to put the Mets up 4-3.

May hit his second home run of the day to knot the score at four, and the game was called in the top of the seventh after a scoreless sixth inning.

Randle led all Mets hitters with a run scored, two hits and three RBI, and May’s two home runs and RBI double accounted for three of the four Tiger runs.