August 28, 1976: Millan's Single Wins It in 9th

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Date: August 28, 1976
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Bruce Boisclair, Felix Millan
Key play: Boisclair’s home run, Millan’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the middle match of a three-game series. In the ninth inning, Felix Millan singled with the bases loaded to drive home the winning run for a 2-1 Mets triumph over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Jon Matlack pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, the Mets failed to score despite loading the bases against the Dodgers’ Rick Rhoden. A double by Ron Cey opened the top of the second. Lee Lacy flied out to center fielder Bruce Boisclair. Dusty Baker doubled to score Cey and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Steve Yeager grounded out to third baseman Roy Staiger and a fly ball by Rhoden was caught by right fielder Dave Kingman for the third out of the inning. Rhoden then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Matlack and Rhoden each hurled scoreless third and fourth innings. In the fifth, Jon yielded only a two-out single to Rhoden in shutting down Los Angeles. Boisclair led off the bottom half with his first major league home run to tie the game. Millan drew a walk and Rhoden retired the next three New York hitters to close out the inning. Matlack set down three straight Dodger batters after a leadoff walk to Bill Buckner in the top of the sixth. The Mets were held to a two-out single by Mike Phillips in a scoreless bottom half. Matlack and Rhoden each retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth innings. Jon then pitched perfectly again in the top of the ninth.

Staiger reached first base on an error by shortstop Bill Russell to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Phillips advanced pinch-runner Leo Foster to second. Foster moved to third on Joe Torre’s pinch-hit single. Leon Brown came in to pinch-run for Torre and an intentional walk to Boisclair loaded the bases. Millan got an infield single on which Foster came home to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory.