April 21, 1973: Parker and McGraw Shut Out Expos

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Date: April 21, 1973
Mets starter: Harry Parker
Mets: 5
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Harry Parker
Key player(s): Harry Parker, Tug McGraw, John Milner, George Theodore
Key play: Theodore’s single, Milner’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and eighteen-minute game in front of 40,011 fans on hand. Harry Parker and Tug McGraw combined for a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Parker and the Expos’ Balor Moore each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Harry yielded just a single to Tim Foli in the top of the fourth while Moore held the Mets to a first-inning double by Felix Millan and a pair of walks to Rusty Staub. Leading off the top of the sixth, Terry Humphrey hit a double to left field. Parker retired the next three Montreal batters and Bud Harrelson drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Harrelson advanced to second base on Millan’s sacrifice bunt and a walk to Willie Mays ensued. Staub hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Mike Jorgensen and a single by George Theodore scored Harrelson. John Milner and Jim Fregosi followed with consecutive singles to bring home Staub and Theodore, respectively, for a 3-0 Mets lead. Moore then struck out Jerry Grote to end the inning.

Jorgensen and Ron Fairly drew back-to-back walks to open the top of the seventh. Parker fanned both Ken Singleton and Jorge Roque before retiring Coco Laboy on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Milner. Harry led off the bottom half with a single to center field. Harrelson reached on an error by Jorgensen and a pop-up by Millan was caught by Moore. On an ensuing strikeout of Mays, pinch-runner Ted Martinez was caught stealing via a throw from catcher Humphrey to third baseman Laboy for a double play that finished off the inning.

Mets’ reliever McGraw set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Staub drew a walk against the Expos’ Joe Gilbert to begin the bottom half. Theodore’s sacrifice bunt moved Staub to second base and Milner followed with a two-run homer. Gilbert retired Fregosi on a grounder back to the mound and fanned Grote for the inning’s final out. With one out in the top of the ninth, Jorgensen doubled for the third Montreal hit. Fairly drew a walk and Singleton popped out to second baseman Millan. McGraw then struck out Roque to bring the game to and end. The Mets had a victory on a combined shutout.