July 27, 1976: Myrick's First Major League Win

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Date: July 27, 1976
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Bob Myrick
Key player(s): Bob Myrick, Roy Staiger, Skip Lockwood
Key play: Myrick’s RBI ground out, Lockwood's strikeout of Brown

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Veterans Stadium. Bob Myrick recorded his first major league win in a 4-1 Mets victory over the Phils.

Craig Swan and Philadelphia’s Tom Underwood each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Underwood set down the Mets in order in the top of the third and Larry Bowa got a one-out single in the bottom half. Mike Schmidt drew a walk and Greg Luzinski popped out to first baseman Joe Torre. A walk to Jay Johnstone loaded the base and Garry Maddox hit a single to drive home Bowa. Bobby Tolan was then retired on a bunt back to Swan that ended the inning.

Underwood shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Myrick came in to pitch for New York in the bottom half and yielded only an infield single to Dave Cash. With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Roy Staiger singled and Bud Harrelson followed with a walk. With Myrick at bat, Staiger and Harrelson pulled off a double steal to advance to third and second base, respectively. A wild pitch brought home Staiger with the tying run and moved Harrelson to third. Myrick grounded out to third baseman Schmidt to score Harrelson and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Underwood retired Pepe Mangual on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Johnstone. Myrick then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Bruce Boisclair hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Boisclair advanced to third base on a single by John Milner and scored on an ensuing single by Torre. Ron Schueler replaced Underwood on the mound and threw a wild pitch that sent Milner to third and Torre to second. Jerry Grote flied out to right fielder Jerry Martin and an intentional walk to Felix Millan loaded the bases. Staiger hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Milner with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Schueler got Harrelson to fly out to center fielder Maddox and end the inning. Myrick then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever Gene Garber pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Bowa drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Skip Lockwood came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Schmidt on a fly ball to left fielder Milner. Lockwood followed up by getting Luzinski to fly out to right fielder Boisclair and recording an inning-ending strikeout of pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton. Garber then held the Mets to a single by Grote in the top of the eighth.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Johnny Oates singled to right field. Pinch-hitter Tim McCarver hit an infield single and Cash followed with another single to load the bases. Lockwood responded by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Ollie Brown to close out the inning. Skip singled against Phils’ reliever Tug McGraw with two outs in the top of the ninth. McGraw then issued a walk to Mangual and retired Boisclair on a ground ball to second baseman Cash for the inning’s final out.

Schmidt went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Luzinski was retired on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson. Lockwood then struck out Hutton to end the game. The Mets had a victory to conclude the two-game set as Myrick picked up the win for his first decision in the major leagues.