August 3, 1971: Williams Defeats Reds for Split
|Date: August 3, 1971|
|Mets starter: Charlie Williams|
|Winning pitcher: Charlie Williams|
|Key player(s): Charlie Williams, Tim Foli|
|Key play: Foli's two doubles|
The Mets and Reds faced each other in a twi-night doubleheader on a rainy Tuesday. Cincinnati won the first game and the Mets had Charlie Williams on the mound for the nightcap. Williams pitched the full nine innings as the Mets gained a split with a 9-4 win.
In the first inning, the Mets scored against Reds' winless starter Jim Merritt. Tommie Agee hit a two-out double and came home on a single by Cleon Jones. The Mets got another run when Donn Clendenon got a two-out single in the third that scored Wayne Garrett. Meanwhile, Williams held Cincinnati scoreless on three hits.
Charlie continued to shut down the Reds with perfect fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Tim Foli doubled to score Duffy Dyer and later came home on Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench's passed ball. In the fifth, Foli hit a two-run double and then scored on Williams' single. Merritt was removed from the game as Charlie and the Mets had a 7-0 lead.
For the Reds, Bernie Carbo hit a two-run homer off Williams in the top of the sixth. Singles by Garrett, Agee and Jones off reliever Tony Cloninger loaded the bases for the Mets in the bottom of the inning. Garrett scored on Clendenon's sacrifice fly and Agee came home on Bud Harrelson's fielder's choice grounder for two more Met runs.
Williams held the Reds scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, he gave up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Al Ferrara. Charlie then retired Dave Concepcion on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Williams' first complete game of his major league career.