April 28, 1974: Schneck Homers Twice in Shutout
|Date: April 28, 1974|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack|
|Key player(s): Dave Schneck, Jon Matlack|
|Key play: Schneck's two home runs|
The Mets faced the Giants in a doubleheader at Candlestick Park on a Sunday afternoon. In the opener, Jon Matlack held the San Francisco hitters to four hits while pitching a complete game shutout. Dave Schneck provided most of the offense with two home runs as the Mets came away with a 6-0 win.
Matlack and the Giants' Tom Bradley each started off with a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Bradley walked John Milner with one out and Schneck followed with a homer to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Matlack shut down San Francisco in the bottom half and got Gary Matthews to hit into a double play after a single by Ken Rudolph to end the third.
Rusty Staub doubled to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Bradley retired Milner on a fly ball to center field and Schneck stepped up to the plate. Dave connected for his second two-run homer of the game to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. In the bottom of the inning, Matlack retired the Giants in order on three ground balls and followed up with another 1-2-3 inning in the fifth.
Matlack allowed a leadoff single to Rudolph in the bottom of the sixth inning. He then retired John Boccabella and got Matthews to hit into an inning-ending double play for the second time in the game. Jon retired the side in order in the seventh and did so again in the eighth. Meanwhile, Bradley and Giants' reliever Jim Barr held the Mets scoreless without a hit.
In the top of the ninth inning, Wayne Garrett got a one-out double off Barr. Jerry Grote singled to move Garrett to third base and Matlack came to bat. Jon laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring home Garrett with the Mets' fifth run of the game. Bud Harrelson followed with a double to score Grote before Barr got Felix Millan on a ground ball for the final out of the inning.
Rudolph led off the bottom of the ninth with his third single off Matlack. Jon struck out pinch-hitter Chris Arnold and got Matthews to hit into a force play. Following a single by Bruce Miller, Garry Maddox grounded back to Matlack for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory to start the twinbill on standout pitching by Matlack and Schneck's solid slugging.