August 2, 1975: Matlack Shuts Out Pirates
|Date: August 2, 1975|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack|
|Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Wayne Garrett, Felix Millan, Ed Kranepool|
|Key play: Kranepool’s RBI single, Garrett’s two doubles, Millan’s two-run single|
The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the third of five games in a weekend series. Jon Matlack pitched a five-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over the Bucs.
Wayne Garrett hit a double against Pirates’ starter Bruce Kison to lead off the top of the first inning. Felix Millan grounded back to Kison and a single by Ed Kranepool brought home Garrett. Kranepool moved to second base on catcher Manny Sanguillen’s passed ball and Rusty Staub flied out to center fielder Bill Robinson. Kison retired Dave Kingman on a ground ball to third baseman Richie Hebner to end the inning. Matlack then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Matlack and Kison each hurled two-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. The Mets were held to sixth-inning singles by Millan and Staub while the Bucs got just a pair of singles by Richie Zisk in the second and the fifth. Kison issued back-to-back walks to Del Unser and Mike Phillips to begin the top of the seventh inning. Jerry Grote singled to load the bases and Pittsburgh reliever Ramon Hernandez threw a called third strike past Matlack. Garrett doubled to score Unser and Phillips as Grote advanced to third base. An ensuing single by Millan against the Pirates’ Larry Demery drove home Grote and Garrett for a 5-0 Mets lead. Millan went to third on Kranepool’s single and scored the Mets’ sixth run on Staub’s sacrifice fly. Demery struck out Kingman to finish off the inning. Matlack then limited the Pirates to a double by Al Oliver in a scoreless bottom half.
Demery set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Matlack yielded only a leadoff single to Robinson in the bottom of the inning. Demery pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and pinch-hitter Art Howe doubled to lead off the bottom half. Willie Randolph and Sanguillen were retired on consecutive ground balls to third baseman Garrett. Matlack then got Oliver to fly out to right fielder Staub and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jon’s five-hitter.