July 3, 1974: Harry Parker Beats Phillies
|Date: July 3, 1974|
|Mets starter: Harry Parker|
|Winning pitcher: Harry Parker|
|Key player(s): Harry Parker, Rusty Staub, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Martinez's double, Staub's & Jones' homers|
The Mets played the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Mets' starter Harry Parker held the Phils scoreless on three hits for eight innings. Parker and the Mets came out with a 6-2 win.
The Phillies failed to score against Parker in the first two innings. In the first, Del Unser hit a two-out double before Harry struck out Mike Schmidt for the last out. Willie Montanez led off the second with a single, but was erased on Bill Robinson's inning-ending double play. The Mets took a 1-0 lead when Ted Martinez doubled to left field off the Phils' Jim Lonborg to bring home Jerry Grote in the bottom of the second.
In the third, the Mets increased their lead by three runs. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer and Cleon Jones came home on third baseman Schmidt's error of Grote's ground ball. Jones added a home run in the fifth to make the score 5-0. Lonborg was then replaced by reliever Eddie Watt.
Philadelphia's Dave Cash singled with two out in the sixth to end a string of 13 straight batters retired by Parker. Harry struck out Larry Bowa to end the inning and set down the Phils in order in the seventh. In the bottom half, Staub and Jones opened with singles off the Phils' Jesus Hernaiz. Rusty scored on an error by catcher Bob Boone and Cleon reached third base on Hernaiz's wild pitch. Trying to score from third on Grote's fly ball, Jones was out at home on a throw by right fielder Mike Anderson.
After pitching a perfect eighth inning, Parker took the mound for the Mets in the ninth. He retired pinch-hitter Tony Taylor before Cash tripled and scored the Phillies' first run on Bowa's ground out. Harry then gave up a double to Unser, a walk to Schmidt and a run-scoring single to Montanez. Reliever Bob Miller came in and got Anderson to fly out to center fielder Don Hahn to end the game. The Mets had a victory and Parker had his second win of the season.