July 31, 1972: Dyer's Homer in 8th Beats Expos
|Date: July 31, 1972|
|Mets starter: Brent Strom|
|Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella|
|Key player(s): Duffy Dyer|
|Key play: Dyer's two-run homer|
The Mets played the Expos at Shea Stadium on a Monday night. Lefthander Brent Strom took the mound for the Mets in his major league debut. The Mets came out with a 4-2 win over Montreal on a two-run homer by Duffy Dyer in the eighth inning.
Strom began his first game with six innings of one-hit ball. Brent struck out seven batters and gave up only a single to Tim Foli and a walk to Ken Singleton. Meanwhile, the Mets scored twice against Montreal starter Balor Moore on Tommie Agee's single that brought home Ted Martinez in the fifth inning and a single by Dave Schneck on which Willie Mays crossed the plate in the sixth.
Foli got his second single off Strom to begin the top of the seventh inning. After a force play, Brent walked Bob Bailey and Hal Breeden to load the bases for the Expos. Singleton followed with a sacrifice fly to score Clyde Mashore from third base. With Danny Frisella on in relief, third baseman Wayne Garrett mishandled a ground ball hit by Terry Humphrey that brought home Bailey and tied the game, 2-2.
Frisella retired the side in order in the top of the eighth inning. Montreal reliever Steve Renko walked Cleon Jones to begin the bottom half. Schneck struck out and Dyer followed with a home run to give the Mets a two-run lead. Renko was later replaced by John Strohmayer, who recorded the last two outs of the inning.
After allowing two singles to lead off the ninth, Frisella struck out Singleton and pinch-hitter Tim McCarver. Danny then got Humphrey on a fly ball to right fielder Schneck to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the month of July.