July 22, 1977: Matlack Shuts Out Padres
|Date: July 22, 1977|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack|
|Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Lee Mazzilli|
|Key play: Griffin's error in 2nd, Mazzilli's single in 3rd|
The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. Jon Matlack pitched a seven-hit shutout while his teammates got ten singles and took advantage of some Padre miscues. The Mets came out with a 5-0 win.
In the second and third innings, the Mets scored four times against San Diego starter Tom Griffin. John Milner came home on Griffin's wild pickoff throw and Lee Mazzilli scored on a single by Doug Flynn for two second inning runs. In the third, Milner's and Mazzilli's singles scored Lenny Randle and Steve Henderson, respectively, for two more runs. Trying to score from second on Mazzilli's hit, Milner was thrown out at home by right fielder Dave Winfield.
Matlack allowed one hit to the Padres in each of the first four innings. In the fifth, he walked Gene Tenace before striking out Tucker Ashford and getting Dave Roberts for an inning-ending double play. San Diego then got two runners on base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Jon retired them with no runs allowed.
With one out in the eighth, John Stearns came to bat against reliever Dave Tomlin. Stearns hit a ball to left field that was misplayed by Dave Kingman for a two-base error. John advanced to third on a ground out and came home on Mazzilli's second RBI single of the game for the Mets' fifth run.
Matlack set down the Padres in order in the eighth and ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory without an extra-base hit in the game. For Matlack, it was his 26th and last shutout as a Met.
- Matlack struck out Tenace for the final out of the game. This was Jon's 1000th strikeout of his major league career.