May 17, 1972: Seventeen Hits Rout Expos
|Date: May 17, 1972|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry|
|Key player(s): John Milner, Ken Boswell, Gary Gentry|
|Key play: Milner's double and homer, Boswell's single|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a series. The Mets collected seventeen hits in a 12-2 Mets win over Montreal.
Mets' starter Gary Gentry pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against the Expos' Ernie McAnally to begin the bottom half. Ken Boswell and Tommie Agee followed with walks to load the bases and Rusty Staub hit a sacrifice fly to score Harrelson. John Milner hit a double to bring home Boswell and Agee for a 3-0 Mets lead. Jim Fregosi drew a walk and Montreal reliever Denny Lemaster got Ed Kranepool on a ground ball to second baseman Ron Hunt for an inning-ending double play. Gentry set down the side in order in the top of the second. Lemaster then yielded only a single to Harrelson in the bottom half.
Gentry retired all three batters in the top of the third. Agee drew a leadoff walk against Lemaster in the bottom of the inning. Staub reached on a fielder's choice grounder and Milner connected for his first major league home run, increasing the Mets' lead to 6-0. Fregosi singled and Kranepool popped out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen. Duffy Dyer hit a single and Gentry went down on strikes. Harrelson singled to drive home Fregosi and send Dyer to third base. On his own hit, Bud moved to second via a throw. Boswell hit a single to plate both Dyer and Harrelson for a 9-0 New York lead. Against Expos' reliever Tom Walker, Agee singled and Staub walked to load the bases. Walker then struck out Milner to end the inning.
Ken Singleton got a two-out double in the top of the fourth. Bob Bailey singled to score Singleton with the Expos' first run of the game. John Bateman was retired on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Fregosi, who singled to open the bottom half. Kranepool flied out to center fielder Boots Day and singles by Dyer and Gentry loaded the bases. Ted Martinez drew a walk to force home Fregosi and extend the Mets' lead to 10-1. Walker then got Boswell to pop out to second baseman Hector Torres and threw a called third strike past Agee to finish off the inning.
Gentry hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Walker gave up just a double to Staub in the bottom half and Day singled to begin the top of the sixth, On the play, center fielder Agee made an error that allowed Day to advance to third base. Jorgensen followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Day. Gentry got Ron Fairly to ground out to first baseman Kranepool and retired Singleton on a fly ball to Agee that ended the inning. Walker then held the Mets to a single by Dyer in the bottom half.
Gentry yielded only a single to Tim Foli in the top of the seventh. Agee walked against Montreal reliever John Strohmayer to begin the bottom of the inning. Staub and Milner were retired on fly balls to left fielder Singleton and a triple by Fregosi brought home Agee for an 11-2 Mets lead. Kranepool drew a walk and Dyer hit a single that plated Fregosi with the twelfth New York run. Strohmayer then fanned Gentry for the inning's final out.
Gentry retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Against Expos' reliever Mike Marshall, Agee and Staub got back-to-back singles (the Mets' sixteenth and seventeeth hits) with two outs. With Milner at bat, Agee was caught by catcher Bateman's pickoff throw to shortstop Foli for the third out of the inning. Gentry retired Fairly and Singleton on consecutive infield pop-ups to start the top of the ninth. Bailey then grounded out to Gentry to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory.