June 1, 1972: McAndrew and Staub Put Away Phillies
|Date: June 1, 1972|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew|
|Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Rusty Staub, Jerry Grote, John Milner|
|Key play: Staub’s and Milner’s home runs, Grote’s double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and eight-minute game. Jim McAndrew pitched a seven-hitter and Rusty Staub hit a three-run homer in a 6-1 Mets win over Philadelphia.
McAndrew hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson doubled against Phils’ starter Dick Selma to lead off the bottom half. Jim Fregosi drew a walk and Tommie Agee hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa. Staub followed with a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Cleon Jones walked and John Milner hit a double. Ken Boswell was walked intentionally to load the bases and Jerry Grote hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jones with the fourth New York run. Selma then retired McAndrew on a foul pop-up to first baseman Tommy Hutton for the third out.
After a scoreless second, Selma got a one-out single in the top of the third. Denny Doyle grounded to second baseman Boswell for an inning-ending double play and Jones singled to open the bottom half. Selma got Milner to hit a force play grounder to Hutton. Boswell popped out to Hutton and a double by Grote drove home Milner, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Philadelphia reliever Barry Lersch got McAndrew on a fly ball to right fielder Roger Freed to end the inning and Greg Luzinski homered for the Phillies’ first run with two outs in the top of the fourth. McAndrew retired Hutton on a grounder to first baseman Jones for the inning’s final out. Lersch then yielded only a double to Agee in the bottom half.
Consecutive singles by Freed and Don Money began the top of the fifth. Mike Ryan grounded out to McAndrew and a foul pop-up by pinch-hitter Tim McCarver was caught by Jones. Doyle flied out to center fielder Agee to end the inning and Phils’ reliever Chris Short gave up just a single to Milner in the bottom half. McAndrew hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Short then set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning.
Hutton and Freed got back-to-back singles to open the top of the seventh. Money lined out to third baseman Wayne Garrett, who followed up with an error on which Hutton advanced to third. Ryan grounded to Garrett for a double play that ended the inning and Short retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ron Stone drew a walk to lead off the top of the eighth. Doyle singled for the Phillies’ seventh hit and Bowa popped out to Boswell. Willie Montanez went down on strikes and McAndrew retired Luzinski on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Staub. Milner slugged a solo home run against Philadelphia reliever Joe Hoerner with one out in the bottom half. Boswell singled and Grote hit a force play grounder to Bowa. Hoerner then got McAndrew to line out to second baseman Doyle and finish off the inning.
Hutton drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth. A wild pitch moved Hutton to second base and Freed flied out to Agee. Money was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Milner. McAndrew then got Ryan to pop out to shortstop Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory.