August 14, 1974: Mets Complete Sweep of Dodgers

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Date: August 14, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Rusty Staub
Key play: Jones’ sacrifice fly, Paciorek’s error, Staub’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the ninth inning to pull out a 3-2 win over Los Angeles for a series sweep.

Tom Seaver and the Dodgers’ Doug Rau each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Bill Buckner singled with two outs in the top of the third. Buckner stole second base and came home on a single by Willie Crawford for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Steve Garvey singled to send Crawford to third and Ron Cey popped out to third baseman Ted Martinez to end the inning. Seaver drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Bud Harrelson singled and Felix Millan flied out to left fielder Buckner. Rusty Staub hit a single to load the bases and Cleon Jones followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Seaver with the tying run. With John Milner at bat, Harrelson was out at second on catcher Steve Yeager’s pickoff throw to shortstop Bill Russell to finish off the inning.

Von Joshua singled to begin the top of the fourth. Joshua stole second base and moved to third on Russell’s sacrifice bunt. Yeager was called out on strikes and Rau singled to drive home Joshua for a 2-1 Dodgers lead. Seaver retired Dave Lopes on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Staub and a walk to Milner opened the bottom half. Don Hahn hit a force play grounder to Russell and a single by Jerry Grote ensued. Martinez was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Lopes. Rau then got Seaver to fly out to right fielder Crawford and end the inning.

Seaver hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Rau shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Joshua got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Russell singled and Yeager flied out to left fielder Jones. Seaver fanned pinch-hitter Manny Mota for the inning’s final out and Los Angeles reliever Mike Marshall set down the side in order in the bottom half. Tom retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Marshall then surrendered only a walk to Harrelson in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Staub hit a single to begin the bottom half. Rusty advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Jones’ single to left field. Milner followed with a ground ball on which first baseman Garvey threw to Yeager for an out at home on Staub. Hahn was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Tom Paciorek. Marshall then got Duffy Dyer to ground out to Lopes and end the inning.

McGraw shut down the Dodgers in the top of the ninth. Ken Boswell drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by McGraw moved Boswell to second base. Pinch-hitter Ron Hodges reached second on an error by Paciorek that allowed Boswell to score and tie the game. Millan singled to advance Hodges to third. Staub followed with a single to plate Hodges and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory and a three-game series sweep.