Winner take all Game 5 pits a rematch of Game 1 starters Pat Zachry (10-6 3.33 Grade 8) vs Rick Reuschel (14-15 3.41 Grade 12). Pitchers would be in control early even though the Cubs would strand 6 runners through the first 4 innings. This would haunt them as the Mets would plate single runs in the 4th and the 5th. Lee Mazzilli and Tim Foli providing the RBI. The Cubs would get on the board in the 5th with a sac fly from Bobby Murcer. Reuschel would go the distance and not give up anymore runs unfortunately for the Cubs they could not score again either. Skip Lockwood would come on to get the save and send the Mets to the Sweet 16 with an upset of Chicago.
Final Score: Mets 2, Cubs 1
WP: Pat Zachry (1-0)
LP: Rick Reuschel (0-1)
Save: Skip Lockwood (1)
Mets move on to face power house Boston Red Sox in the Sweet 16 round.