April 27, 1972: Mets Complete Sweep of Padres

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Date: April 27, 1972
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Jerry Grote, Rusty Staub, Cleon Jones
Key play: Staub’s and Grote’s home runs, Jones’ single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Thursday night in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets finished off a series sweep with a 4-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Rusty Staub hit a home run against Padres’ starter Fred Norman to lead off the top of the second. Cleon Jones went down on strikes and Jim Fregosi drew a walk. Jim Beauchamp flied out to center fielder Johnny Jeter and a triple by Jerry Grote drove home Fregosi. Norman struck out Gary Gentry to end the inning and Nate Colbert hit a double against Gentry to begin the bottom half. Cito Gaston drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Ollie Brown grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson to bring home Colbert and move Gaston to third. Dave Campbell doubled to score Gaston and tie the game at 2-2. Gentry then fanned Bob Barton and got Norman on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee for the inning’s third out.

Gentry and Norman each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Agee hit a double with one out in the top of the sixth. Tommie went to third base on Staub’s ground out to second baseman Derrel Thomas and came home a single by Jones for a 3-2 Mets lead. Fregosi grounded out to third baseman Campbell to end the inning and Gentry hurled a perfect bottom half. With one out in the top of the seventh, Grote homered for the fourth New York run of the game. Gentry was struck out and Harrelson hit a double. Norman retired Ted Martinez on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Enzo Hernandez. The Padres loaded the bases with three consecutive two-out singles in the bottom half. Gentry then struck out Thomas to finish off the inning.

San Diego reliever Gary Ross pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Hernandez doubled against Gentry to open the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw retired Jeter on a ground ball to third baseman Fregosi that moved Hernandez to third base. Colbert hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hernandez with the Padres’ third run. McGraw then retired Gaston on a fly ball to Agee that ended the inning.

Ross shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Brown hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Campbell’s sacrifice bunt advanced Brown to second base and Fred Kendall went down on strikes. McGraw then fanned pinch-hitter Jerry Morales for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a three-game series sweep.