June 13, 1970: Sadecki Five-Hits Braves

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Date: June 13, 1970
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Tommie Agee, Al Weis
Key play: Agee’s homer and double, Weis’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 41,515 fans on hand. Ray Sadecki pitched a complete game five hitter in a 4-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Sadecki and the Braves’ Mike McQueen each pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. Cleon Jones singled and Rico Carty doubled for the teams’ only hits. Ray retired all three Atlanta batters in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Tommie Agee hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bud Harrelson followed with a single and advanced to third base on a double by Jones. McQueen set down the next two batters to end the inning. Sadecki then pitched a perfect top of the fourth.

Joe Foy singled and moved to third on Duffy Dyer’s single to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Al Weis hit a single to score Foy and send Dyer to second. McQueen struck out Sadecki and surrendered a double to Agee that brought home Dyer. Harrelson singled off Atlanta reliever Milt Pappas to plate Weis for the Mets’ fourth run. Jones hit a line drive to second baseman Felix Millan for an inning-ending double play. Sadecki and Pappas then set down the side in order in the fifth and sixth.

Sadecki held the Braves to a single by Carty in a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Pappas pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half and Tony Gonzalez singled to begin the top of the eighth. Clete Boyer flied out to center fielder Agee and a ground out by Bob Tillman advanced Gonzalez to second base. Pinch-hitter Bob Aspromonte singled to score Gonzalez. Gil Garrido hit a fly ball to Agee for the third out of the inning. Atlanta reliever Ron Kline then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Millan got a bunt single to start the top of the ninth. Hank Aaron hit into a force play and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sadecki fanned Carty for the second out of the inning. Orlando Cepeda then popped out to shortstop Harrelson to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Ray’s five-hitter.

Notes

  • This was Kline’s last game of his 17-year major league career.