April 15, 1973: Milner's Homer Beats Phillies

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Date: April 15, 1973
Mets starter: Harry Parker
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Harry Parker
Key player(s): John Milner, Harry Parker
Key play: Milner’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. John Milner hit a home run for all the Mets’ scoring in a 2-1 win over the Phils.

Felix Millan got a one-out single against Phillies’ starter Jim Lonborg in the top of the first inning. Milner followed with a homer for a two-run Mets lead. Lonborg struck out Rusty Staub and retired Cleon Jones on a ground ball to third baseman Cesar Tovar to close out the inning. Larry Bowa singled against the Mets’ Harry Parker to lead off the bottom half. Tovar hit a single and Willie Montanez grounded to second baseman Millan for a double play. Parker then got Deron Johnson to fly out to center fielder Rich Chiles and end the inning.

Parker and Lonborg each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Ken Brett to begin the top of the sixth. Millan grounded out to second baseman Denny Doyle and a walk to Milner ensued. Staub popped out to Doyle and wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Jones was walked intentionally to load the bases and Brett retired Jim Fregosi on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Montanez. Parker then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Brett yielded just a single to Duffy Dyer in the top of the seventh. Parker hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Brett retired all three Mets batters in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton singled to open the bottom half. Bowa fouled out to catcher Dyer and a pop-up by Tovar was caught by first baseman Milner. Montanez drew a walk and Johnson hit a single to drive home Hutton. Greg Luzinski followed with a single against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw to load the bases. McGraw then struck out pinch-hitter Bill Robinson to finish off the inning.

Phils’ reliever Billy Wilson gave up only a single to Jones in the top of the ninth. Bob Boone flied out to left fielder Jones to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Mike Anderson was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett. McGraw then got Hutton to fly out to right fielder Staub and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.

Notes

  • This was Parker’s major league win as a starting pitcher. Harry’s only previous win in the majors came in relief with the Cardinals on August 11, 1970.