May 18, 1972: Mets Complete Sweep of Expos
|Date: May 18, 1972|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew|
|Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tug McGraw, Ted Martinez|
|Key play: Martinez's triple|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 2-1 win over Montreal.
Mets' starter Jim McAndrew hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Willie Mays drew a walk against the Expos' Mike Torrez to lead off the bottom half. Ted Martinez followed with a triple to drive home Mays. On his own hit, Martinez scored via an error by catcher John Boccabella for a 2-0 Mets lead. John Milner singled and Rusty Staub flied out to left fielder Ken Singleton. Torrez then got Ken Boswell to pop out to shortstop Tim Foli and retired Ed Kranepool on a grounder to first baseman Mike Jorgensen for the third out.
McAndrew and Torrez each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Foli hit a double to open the top of the fifth. Torrez popped out to second baseman Boswell and a single by Hector Torres brought home Foli. Jorgensen was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Staub. Jim Fairey grounded out to third baseman Wayne Garrett to end the inning and Torrez pitched a perfect bottom half. McAndrew set down the side in order in the top of the sixth and Staub got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Boswell then grounded to Jorgensen for an inning-ending double play.
Mets' reliever Tug McGraw retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, Kranepool singled and stole second base. Garrett went down on strikes and Duffy Dyer grounded out to second baseman Torres (advancing Kranepool to third.) McGraw walked and Mays took a called third strike to close out the inning. Jorgensen got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Fairey was struck out and Jorgensen was caught stealing second via a throw by catcher Dyer to shortstop Martinez to complete a double play that ended the inning. Torrez then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Singleton flied out to left fielder Milner to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Clyde Mashore was called out on strikes and Bob Bailey got an infield single. Boccabella singled to advance Bailey to third base. McGraw then got Foli to ground out to Garrett and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.
- Kranepool's stolen base was his only one of the season