June 12, 1975: Matlack and Millan Bury Dodgers

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Date: June 12, 1975
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Felix Millan, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Millan’s two doubles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Thursday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Jon Matlack hurled a three-hit shutout and Felix Millan hit a pair of run-scoring doubles for a 2-0 Mets win.

Matlack and the Dodgers’ Don Sutton each pitched scoreless and hitless ball from the first inning to the third. Sutton retired the side in order in the top of the fourth and Matlack gave up just a single to Steve Garvey in the bottom half. Rusty Staub reached on shortstop Ivan DeJesus’s error to begin the top of the fifth. Ed Kranepool hit a single and John Milner popped out to first baseman Garvey. Mike Phillips was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Tom Paciorek, after which Staub advanced from second to third base. Sutton then got Jerry Grote to ground out to second baseman Lee Lacy and end the inning.

Joe Ferguson singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Paciorek hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett and a single by DeJesus followed. A sacrifice bunt by Sutton moved the runners to second and third base. Dave Lopes drew a walk that loaded the bases and Lacy grounded back to Matlack for the inning’s third out. Garrett hit a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Millan doubled to bring home Garrett for a 1-0 Mets lead. Del Unser was retired on a ground ball to Sutton, who followed up with a strikeout of Staub to finish off the inning. Matlack then set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half.

Sutton yielded just a single to Phillips in the top of the seventh. Matlack retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom of the inning and Garrett singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Millan hit a double to score Garrett with the Mets’ second run of the game. Unser followed with a grounder on which DeJesus threw to third baseman Ron Cey for an out on Millan. Sutton retired Staub on a line drive to Cey that ended the inning. Matlack then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Milner got a single against Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer with one out in the top of the ninth. Phillips was called out on strikes and Grote singled to left field. Brewer fanned Matlack to close out the inning and Jon struck out Jim Wynn to open the bottom half. Garvey also went down on strikes. Matlack then recorded a strikeout of Cey to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jon’s three-hitter.