June 25, 1971: Harrelson and Frisella Bury Expos

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Date: June 25, 1971
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Ken Singleton, Danny Frisella
Key play: Singleton’s single, Harrelson’s single and double

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Bud Harrelson drove in three runs and Danny Frisella provided solid relief to lead the Mets to a 4-2 win over Montreal.

Following a scoreless first inning, Duffy Dyer doubled against Expos’ starter Dan McGinn with one out in the top of the second. Harrelson hit a double to drive home Dyer for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bud stole third base and Ray Sadecki went down on strikes. McGinn retired Don Hahn on a pop-up to first baseman John Boccabella for the third out of the inning. Coco Laboy drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Boccabella singled and McGinn hit a single to score Laboy with the tying run. Mets’ starter Sadecki then got Ron Hunt to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson and end the inning.

Sadecki and McGinn each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. Tim Foli drew a walk against McGinn to lead off the top of the fifth. Foli advanced to second base on Cleon Jones’ sacrifice bunt and stole third. Donn Clendenon was walked intentionally and Ken Singleton singled to bring home Foli with the go-ahead run. Bob Aspromonte flied out to right fielder Clyde Mashore and a walk to Dyer loaded the bases. Harrelson hit a single against Montreal reliever Claude Raymond that scored Clendenon and Singleton, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Sadecki then grounded back to Raymond for the inning’s final out.

Sadecki struck out Boccabella to open the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Ron Brand grounded out to Harrelson. Hunt homered for the Expos’ second run of the game. Stan Swanson drew a walk and Mashore followed with a double to left field. Frisella came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Bob Bailey on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Jones. Montreal’s Ernie McAnally hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Frisella then held the Expos to a single by John Bateman in the bottom half.

McAnally set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Frisella pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Montreal’s Howie Reed surrendered just a walk to Hahn in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Bateman singled to center field. Gary Sutherland hit a force play grounder back to Frisella, who got Rusty Staub to ground out to second baseman Foli and finish off the inning. Jones drew a walk to begin the top of the ninth. Clendenon grounded out to first baseman Ron Fairly to advance Jones to second base. Dave Marshall was struck out and Aspromonte was given an intentional walk. Reed then fanned Dyer for the final out of the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Fairly was retired on a line drive to Foli. Jim Fairey went down on strikes and Hunt was hit by a pitch. Frisella then retired Swanson on a pop-up to Harrelson to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader sweep.