August 3, 1974: Matlack Blanks Expos

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Date: August 3, 1974
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Cleon Jones, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Jones’ RBI singles, Garrett’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night in Montreal. The teams played a two-hour and nineteen-minute game at Jarry Park. Jon Matlack pitched a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Bud Harrelson singled against Expos’ starter Steve Renko to lead off the top of the first inning. Felix Millan followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Harrelson to second base. Cleon Jones hit a single that brought home Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rusty Staub singled to send Jones to third. Ed Kranepool hit a ground ball back to Renko on which Jones got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by catcher Barry Foote. Renko struck out Wayne Garrett to end the inning and Willie Davis singled with two outs in the bottom half. Davis stole second and went to third on second baseman Millan’s error. Matlack then retired Bob Bailey on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool for the inning’s third out.

After scoreless second and third innings, Garrett hit a home run to begin the top of the fourth. Jerry Grote grounded out to Renko and a single by Don Hahn ensued. Matlack went down on strikes and Harrelson hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tim Foli that closed out the inning. Jon hurled a perfect bottom half and Renko yielded just a single to Jones in the top of the fifth. Matlack then held the Expos to a single by Ken Singleton in the bottom of the inning.

Renko set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the sixth. Matlack pitched a perfect bottom half and Harrelson got a bunt single with one out in the top of the seventh. Millan drew a walk and Jones hit a single to bring home Harrelson with the Mets’ third run of the game. Jim Gosger followed with a grounder back to Renko for an inning-ending double play. Matlack then surrendered just a walk to Hal Breeden in the bottom half.

Montreal reliever Don Carrithers hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Foote singled to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jose Morales hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Garrett and a single by Ron Hunt followed. Foli singled to advance Hunt to third base. Matlack then struck out Davis to finish off the inning.

Hahn drew a walk against Expos’ reliever Dale Murray to open the top of the ninth. Matlack bunted into a double play and Harrelson grounded back to Murray for the third out of the inning. Bailey singled to lead off the bottom half. Breeden was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Hahn. Matlack then got Ron Woods to hit a grounder to shortstop Harrelson for a double play that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Jon’s shutout.