August 13, 1974: Matlack and Grote Bury Dodgers

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Date: August 13, 1974
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Jerry Grote, Rusty Staub
Key play: Grote’s home run, Staub’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jon Matlack pitched a four-hit shutout and Jerry Grote hit a two-run homer in a 3-0 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Matlack and the Dodgers’ Al Downing each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Jon gave up just a single to Jim Wynn and recorded three strikeouts while Downing yielded only singles to John Milner and Rusty Staub while fanning four batters. Tom Paciorek and Bill Russell got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the fifth. Matlack struck out Steve Yeager and retired Downing on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan. Don Hahn drew a walk to open the bottom half. Grote followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ted Martinez grounded out to second baseman Dave Lopes and a strikeout of Matlack ensued. Downing then got Bud Harrelson to line out to third baseman Ron Cey and finish off the inning.

Matlack set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Millan hit a triple against Downing to open the bottom half. Staub followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Millan with the Mets’ third run of the game. Cleon Jones singled and Los Angeles reliever Charlie Hough retired Milner on a fly ball to center fielder Wynn. Hough got Hahn on a fly ball to right fielder Paciorek that ended the inning and Cey tripled for the Dodgers’ fourth hit with one out in the top of the seventh. Matlack retired Paciorek on a line drive to left fielder Jones and threw a called third strike past Russell to close out the inning. Hough then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Matlack surrendered only a walk to Lopes in the top of the eighth. Dodgers’ reliever Geoff Zahn yielded just a single to Staub in the bottom of the inning and Wynn grounded out to third baseman Martinez to lead off the top of the ninth. Steve Garvey was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Hahn. Matlack then struck out Cey to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jon’s four-hitter.