July 5, 1971: Sadecki Shuts Out Expos
|Date: July 5, 1971|
|Mets starter: Ray Sadecki|
|Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki|
|Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Mets' 3-run 1st, Jones' homer in 4th|
After losing the first game of a doubleheader, the Mets aimed for a split with the Expos in Game 2. Ray Sadecki turned in a three-hit shutout, retiring the last 19 batters he faced. The Mets defeated Montreal, 8-0.
Ron Hunt got a single off Sadecki to start the game. Hunt was caught stealing by Mets' catcher Duffy Dyer before Rusty Staub grounded out. Ray then got Clyde Mashore on a called third strike for the final out of the inning.
For the Mets, Ted Martinez began the bottom of the first with a single off Expos' starter Steve Renko. Martinez stole second base and went to third on Ken Boswell's single. Ted scored when Tommie Agee got another single for a 1-0 Met lead. Cleon Jones then got the Mets' fourth straight single to bring home Boswell and a double play grounder by Ken Singleton scored Agee with another run for New York.
Sadecki shut down the Montreal hitters in the second and third, allowing just a single in each inning. In the bottom of the third, Donn Clendenon got a two-out single to score Agee. Dyer followed with yet another single to bring home Jones and extend the Mets' lead to 5-0.
Martinez walked and got his second stolen base of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Boswell also drew a walk and Jones hit a three-run homer to make it an eight-run lead for the Mets. After completing the inning, Renko was removed from the game.
Montreal relievers Howie Reed and Mike Marshall held the Mets scoreless from the fifth inning to the eighth. It mattered none, though, as Sadecki completed the game with six perfect innings. The Mets had a split of the twinbill on Ray's pitching gem.