April 22, 1973: Mets Romp Expos for DH Split
|Date: April 22, 1973|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew|
|Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Jim McAndrew, John Milner|
|Key play: Mets’ seven-run 3rd inning|
The Mets and Expos played a doubleheader on Easter Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener, the Mets looked for a split in the second game of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Seven runs in the third inning propelled the Mets to a 13-3 win over Montreal.
Following a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew shut down the Expos in the top of the second. Ed Kranepool hit a triple against Montreal’s Steve Renko to lead off the bottom half. Wayne Garrett doubled to score Kranepool with the game’s first run and Rich Chiles went down on strikes. Duffy Dyer drew a walk and McAndrew flied out to center fielder Pepe Mangual. Renko retired Ted Martinez on a ground ball to first baseman Mike Jorgensen to end the inning. McAndrew then set down the Expos in order in the top of the third.
Felix Millan opened the bottom of the third inning with a single to center field. John Milner drew a walk and Rusty Staub’s fly out to Mangual advanced the runners to second and third base. Kranepool singled to drive home Millan and Milner for a 3-0 Mets lead. Garrett flied out to left fielder Ron Fairly and a double by Chiles brought home Kranepool. Montreal reliever Pat Jarvis issued an intentional walk to Dyer. McAndrew followed with a double to drive home Chiles and Dyer, increasing the Mets’ lead to six runs. Martinez and Millan drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Milner hit a single that plated McAndrew and Martinez to make the score 8-0. Jarvis was relieved by the Expos’ Joe Gilbert, who walked Staub to reload the bases. Gilbert then got Kranepool to ground out to second baseman Pepe Frias and end the inning.
McAndrew and Gilbert each pitched a scoreless fourth. Jim retired all three Montreal batters in the top of the fifth and Martinez singled to begin the bottom half. Millan drew a walk and Milner’s force play grounder to Frias sent Martinez to third base. Staub drew a walk to load the bases and Kranepool doubled to bring home Martinez and Milner for a 10-0 Mets lead. Gilbert got Garrett to foul out to third baseman Bob Bailey and retired Chiles on an inning-ending ground ball to Jorgensen. McAndrew then set down the Expos in order once again in the top of the sixth.
McAndrew reached on an error by Bailey with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Martinez hit a single and Boswell singled (and moved to second base on a throw) to drive home McAndrew. Jim Beauchamp hit a single to left field that scored Martinez and Boswell to extend the Mets’ lead to 13-0. Staub was retired on a line drive to Frias, who then threw to Jorgensen for an out on Beauchamp to complete an inning-ending double play.
Ken Singleton hit a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Mangual lined out to left fielder Kranepool and a two-run homer by Bailey ensued. McAndrew retired John Boccabella on line drive to second baseman Boswell to close out the inning and Gilbert yielded only a single to Chiles in a scoreless bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ron Hunt singled against Mets’ reliever George Stone to lead off the top of the eighth. Frias was called out on strikes and Tim Foli singled to left field. Pinch-hitter Hal Breeden flied out to Kranepool and pinch-hitter Ron Woods reached on an error by Boswell that brought home Hunt for the Expos’ third run. Stone got Singleton on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Martinez. Montreal’s Mike Marshall then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Mangual flied out to right fielder Staub to begin the top of the ninth inning. Bailey grounded back to Stone and a single by Boccabella followed. Stone then got pinch-hitter Terry Humphrey to ground out to third baseman Garrett and end the game. The Mets had solid victory and a split of the Easter Day doubleheader.
- The save for Stone was his only one as a Met.