August 1, 1972: Mets Open DH with 18-Inning Win

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Date: August 1, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Don Money, Cleon Jones
Key play: Jones’ homer in 8th, Money’s homer in 9th, Jones’ single in 18th

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening at Shea Stadium. In the opener of the Banner Night twinbill, the teams delayed the between-games parade of signs with an extra-inning contest. In the 18th, the Mets came up with a run for a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Jon Matlack and the Phils’ Wayne Twitchell each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the sixth, Matlack yielded only a double by Don Money in once again shutting down the Phillies. Dave Schneck tripled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Ed Kranepool was walked intentionally and a sacrifice fly by Cleon Jones brought home Schneck for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ken Boswell followed with a single to center field. Twitchell then struck out Duffy Dyer to end the inning.

Deron Johnson drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Tommy Hutton hit into a double play and Bill Robinson homered to tie the game. Mike Ryan hit a fly ball to left fielder Jones for the third out and Twitchell hurled a scoreless bottom half. Matlack set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Jones hit a home run to put the Mets back in front. Twitchell then got Boswell on a pop-up to second baseman Terry Harmon to close out the inning.

Leading off the top of the ninth, Money homered to retie the game for Philadelphia. Matlack retired Greg Luzinski and Roger Freed on consecutive fly balls to Jones and issued a walk to Hutton. With Robinson at bat against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw, Hutton was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Duffy Dyer to second baseman Boswell for the third out of the inning. For the Phillies, reliever Billy Wilson pitched a perfect bottom half. McGraw and Wilson each recorded scoreless 10th and 11th innings and the Phils had runners on first and second base with one out in the top of the 12th. McGraw got Robinson to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett for an inning-ending double play. Phils’ reliever Dick Selma then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

McGraw and Selma each pitched scoreless ball in the 13th and 14th innings. In the top of the 15th, Tug limited the Phillies to a single by Ryan. Ted Martinez drew a walk to open the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Bud Harrelson advanced Martinez to second base and Tommie Agee was given an intentional walk. Philadelphia reliever Mac Scarce came in to pitch and threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Willie Mays. Scarce then followed up by striking out Schneck to end the inning.

Facing Mets’ reliever Ray Sadecki, Harmon reached on shortstop Harrelson’s error to start the top of the 16th. Larry Bowa’s sacrifice bunt moved Harmon to second and Money was walked intentionally. Sadecki got pinch-hitter John Bateman on a grounder to third baseman Martinez (who had shifted from shortstop to replace Garrett) for a double play to close out the inning. Phils’ reliever Bucky Brandon retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. Sadecki hurled a scoreless top of the 17th. Brandon then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

The Phillies had a runner on third base with one out in the top of the 18th. Sadecki got Harmon to ground out to Martinez and retired Bowa on an inning-ending line drive to Boswell. Agee led off the bottom of the inning with a double to center field. Sadecki reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to send Agee to third base. Schneck grounded out to first baseman Hutton to advance Sadecki to second and Brandon issued an intentional walk to Kranepool to load the bases. Jones then delivered a single to right field that brought home Agee with the winning run. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader and the banner parade finally got under way.