June 27, 1972: Fregosi Drives in Five Runs

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Date: June 27, 1972
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 7
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Jim Fregosi
Key play: Fregosi's single in 1st & homer in 7th

The Mets and Pirates faced each other at Shea Stadium on a Tuesday afternoon. Jim Fregosi led the way with a total of five runs batted in for the game. The Mets defeated Pittsburgh, 7-4.

Mets' starter Jim McAndrew retired the Pirates in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, the Bucs' Bruce Kison retired the first two batters before allowing singles to Dave Marshall and John Milner. A walk to Cleon Jones loaded the bases and Fregosi followed with a single to score Marshall and Milner. The Pirates then tied the game on Richie Hebner's two-run homer off McAndrew in the top of the second.

Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead when Al Oliver homered in the fourth inning. In the sixth, they got another run on Oliver's sacrifice fly off Ray Sadecki that brought home Dave Cash. The Mets scored twice in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Jerry Grote to plate Jones and a passed ball by Pirates' catcher Milt May on which Ted Martinez came home to tie the game, 4-4.

Danny Frisella shut down the Pirates in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Milner tripled with one out off Bucs' reliever Luke Walker. Jones was walked intentionally and Bob Miller came in to relieve Walker. Fregosi welcomed Miller with a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead. Frisella then set down Pittsburgh in the top of the eighth, allowing only a double to Cash.

In the ninth, Frisella pitched his third straight scoreless inning to end the game. The Mets had a win and a sweep of the two-game series with the Pirates. The victory also put them only one game behind the division-leading Pittsburgh team in the National League East standings.