August 30, 1974: Sadecki Hurls Complete Game Over Braves

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Date: August 30, 1974
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Ted Martinez
Key play: Martinez’s single, Leon’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Ray Sadecki pitched a complete game in a 4-2 Mets win over Atlanta.

Sadecki set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Braves’ starter Buzz Capra hurled a perfect bottom half and Hank Aaron popped out to third baseman Wayne Garrett to lead off the top of the second. Dusty Baker popped out to first baseman Ed Kranepool and a home run by Davey Johnson gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. Craig Robinson singled and Sadecki retired Vic Correll on a fly ball to center fielder Ted Martinez that ended the inning. Capra then surrendered only a walk to Garrett in the bottom half.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Correll homered to begin the top of the fifth. Capra followed with a single to center field. Ralph Garr was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Rusty Staub after which Capra was caught by second baseman Felix Millan’s relay throw to Kranepool for a double play. Sadecki retired Marty Perez on an inning-ending fly ball to Martinez, who tripled with one out in the bottom half. Duffy Dyer hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Martinez and cut the Atlanta lead to 2-1. Sadecki singled to right field. Capra then got Bud Harrelson to pop out to shortstop Robinson and finish off the inning.

Sadecki retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Millan hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Kranepool drew a walk and Staub was struck out. Benny Ayala took a called third strike and Garrett walked to load the bases. Martinez delivered a single that plated Millan and Kranepool for a 3-2 Mets lead. Capra then retired Dyer on a fly ball to left fielder Aaron for the inning’s final out.

Sadecki yielded just a bunt single to Robinson in the top of the seventh inning. Atlanta reliever Max Leon pitched a scoreless bottom half and Sadecki retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Staub singled and advanced to third base on a double by Ayala. On the fourth ball of an intentional walk to Garrett, a wild pitch brought home Staub with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Leon then struck out Martinez and got Dyer to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Darrell Evans that closed out the inning.

Aaron grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to open the top of the ninth. Baker followed with a single to center field. Johnson then grounded back to Sadecki for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory on Ray’s complete game to start the weekend series.