August 15, 1972: McAndrew and McGraw Combine for Shutout
|Date: August 15, 1972|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew|
|Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tug McGraw, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee|
|Key play: Kranepool's home run, Agee's home run|
The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series in front of 34,782 fans on hand. The Mets provided a "Double Mac Attack" as Jim McAndrew and Tug McGraw combined for a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Atlanta.
Following a scoreless first inning, McAndrew set down the Braves in order in the top of the second. Ed Kranepool led off the bottom half with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Braves' starter Ron Schueler retired the next three batters and Felix Millan singled to begin the top of the third. Marty Perez hit a ground ball to shortstop Ted Martinez for a double play. Schueler got an infield single for the second Atlanta hit of the inning. McAndrew then got Ralph Garr on a pop up to Martinez for the third out.
McAndrew hit a single with one out in the bottom of the third inning. Tommie Agee reached first base on an error by shortstop Perez. An ensuing single by Wayne Garrett scored McAndrew and sent Agee to third. Schueler fanned Dave Schneck for the second out. Kranepool then hit a fly ball to center fielder Dusty Baker to end the inning.
McAndrew and Schueler each pitched one-hit shutout ball ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Mike Lum led off with a walk and Millan flied out to left fielder John Milner. Sonny Jackson got a pinch-hit single and McAndrew was replaced on the mound by McGraw. Tug retired pinch-hitter Oscar Brown on a fly ball to right fielder Schneck. He then got Garr to hit a grounder to Martinez for a force play that ended the inning.
McGraw singled off Braves' reliever Joe Hoerner to open the bottom of the eighth. Agee followed with a home run to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. Garrett hit a double and Hoerner struck out Schneck. Kranepool singled to bring home Garrett from second. Hoerner then set down the next two batters to close out the inning.
Darrell Evans singled for the fifth Atlanta hit to start the top of the ninth. Hank Aaron drew a walk and Earl Williams fouled out to first baseman Kranepool. McGraw retired Baker on a fly ball to Milner. Tug then got Lum to pop out to Martinez and end the game. The Mets had a victory on a combined shutout by McAndrew and McGraw.