August 21, 1972: Beauchamp's Birthday Blasts

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Date: August 21, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 4
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jim Beauchamp, Jon Matlack
Key play: Beauchamp’s two home runs

The Mets faced the Astros on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 24,242 fans on hand. On his 33rd birthday, Jim Beauchamp hit his first two home runs of the season to give the Mets a 4-2 win over Houston.

Jon Matlack and the Astros’ Jerry Reuss each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Matlack hurled a perfect top of the third and Ted Martinez singled to lead off the bottom half. Matlack was called out on strikes and Martinez stole second base. Lute Barnes singled to drive home Martinez with the first run of the game. Wayne Garrett grounded out to second baseman Tommy Helms and an error by third baseman Doug Rader allowed Willie Mays to reach base as Barnes moved to third. A passed ball by catcher Larry Howard advanced Mays to second. Reuss then struck out Tommie Agee to end the inning.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Cesar Cedeno hit a home run to begin the top of the sixth. Matlack retired the next three Houston batters and Reuss set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. The Astros were retired 1-2-3 by Matlack in the top of the seventh and Beauchamp came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Jim clubbed his first homer of the year to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Reuss then got Martinez to ground out to Helms and end the inning.

Roger Metzger drew a walk with one out in the top of the eighth. Cedeno followed with a double to drive home Metzger and retie the game. Jim Wynn was walked intentionally and Lee May hit a ground ball to third baseman Garrett for an inning-ending double play. Houston reliever Jim Ray pitched a scoreless bottom half. Matlack then held the Astros to a single by Helms in the top of the ninth.

Agee grounded out to Rader to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Ray got Duffy Dyer to ground out to shortstop Metzger and issued a walk to John Milner. Beauchamp followed with a two-run homer to bring the game to and end. The Mets had an exciting victory as Jim celebrated his birthday with his first two round-trippers of the season.


  • This was Beauchamp’s only multi-homer game of his ten-season career.