August 25, 1974: Sadecki Shuts Out Braves
|Date: August 25, 1974|
|Mets starter: Ray Sadecki|
|Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki|
|Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Jim Gosger|
|Key play: Sadecki’s single in 5th|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a four-game weekend series. Ray Sadecki pitched a shutout and drove in the only run of the game for a 1-0 Mets win.
Sadecki and Braves’ starter Phil Niekro each pitched a scoreless and hitless first inning. Ed Kranepool singled with one out in the top of the second. Wayne Garrett drew a walk and Jim Gosger followed with a single to center field. Trying to score on the hit, Kranepool was out at home via a throw by center fielder Dusty Baker to catcher Vic Correll. Niekro retired Duffy Dyer on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Marty Perez. Sadecki then held the Braves to a single by Correll in a scoreless bottom half.
Following scoreless third and fourth innings, Gosger got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Jim moved to second base on Correll’s passed ball and to third on Dyer’s ground out to third baseman Darrell Evans. Sadecki singled to drive home Gosger and give the Mets a one-run lead. Niekro got Bud Harrelson to fly out to left fielder Ralph Garr and end the inning. Sadecki then set down all three Atlanta batters in the bottom half.
Both Niekro and Sadecki hurled a perfect sixth inning. The Mets were retired in order by Niekro again in the top of the seventh. Davey Johnson singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Ivan Murrell went down on strikes and Leo Foster followed with a single to left field. Sadecki threw a called third strike past Correll for the third out and Niekro set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Paul Casanova singled to open the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Garr advanced pinch-runner Craig Robinson to second base. Perez flied out to right fielder Rusty Staub. Sadecki then got Evans to fly out to center fielder Gosger and finish off the inning.
Braves’ reliever Max Leon limited the Mets to a double by Cleon Jones in a scoreless top of the ninth. Baker grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to start the bottom half. Johnson popped out to Harrelson and a pinch-hit single by Hank Aaron ensued. Sadecki then struck out Foster to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory as Ray tossed a five-hitter and drove in the lone run.