August 4, 1972: McAndrew and Mays Bury Cubs

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Date: August 4, 1972
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 6
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Willie Mays, Tommie Agee
Key play: Mays’ homer and two singles, Agee’s home run

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jim McAndrew pitched a three-hitter and Willie Mays drove in three runs in a 6-1 Mets win over Chicago.

Bill North got a bunt single to lead off the top of the first inning. North advanced to third base on Glenn Beckert’s single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Billy Williams. Beckert moved to second on a wild pitch and Joe Pepitone fouled out to third baseman Wayne Garrett. McAndrew struck out Ron Santo to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Mays hit a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Cubs’ starter Ferguson Jenkins then retired Cleon Jones on a ground ball to third baseman Santo for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless second, McAndrew set down the side in order in the top of the third. Duffy Dyer singled to lead off the bottom half. Dyer moved to second base on McAndrew’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Tommie Agee. Garrett grounded out to first baseman Pepitone to drive home Dyer for a 2-1 Mets lead. Mays followed with a single that scored Agee with the third New York run. On his own hit, Willie advanced to third via an error by left fielder Williams. Jenkins then got Jones to fly out to center fielder Rick Monday and finish off the inning.

McAndrew retired the Cubs on three consecutive infield ground balls in the top of the fourth. John Milner hit a double to begin the bottom half. Jim Fregosi grounded out to shortstop Don Kessinger (advancing Milner to third base) and a walk to Ken Boswell ensued. Dyer hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Milner and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Jenkins then retired McAndrew on a fly ball to right fielder North to close out the inning.

McAndrew yielded just a single to Kessinger in the top of the fifth. Garrett hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Mays singled to drive home Garrett and a strikeout of Jones followed. Milner singled and Fregosi was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to Williams. McAndrew set down all three Chicago batters on outfield flies in the top of the sixth. Jenkins then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

McAndrew retired the Cubs in order in the top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom half, Agee homered against Jenkins for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Chicago reliever Dan McGinn retired Garrett on a pop-up to Pepitone and issued a walk to Mays. Jones was retired on a fly ball to North, who followed up with a throw to second baseman Beckert for an out on Mays and an inning-ending double play. McAndrew set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. McGinn then pitched a perfect bottom half.

North flied out to left fielder Jones to begin the top of the ninth. Beckert was also retired on a fly ball to Jones. McAndrew then got Williams to line out to shortstop Fregosi and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.