May 18, 1974: Matlack Blanks Expos on Four Hits

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Date: May 18, 1974
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 6
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Rusty Staub, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Staub’s two-run single, Garrett’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 48,736 fans on hand. Jon Matlack pitched a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Ron Hunt was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the first inning. Matlack retired the next three batters and Bud Harrelson singled against Expos’ starter Steve Rogers to begin the bottom half. Ken Boswell hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Jim Cox and advanced to third base on Cleon Jones’ single. On the play, Jones moved to second via a throw to third by center fielder Ron Woods. Rusty Staub singled to drive home Boswell and Jones for the first two runs of the game. John Milner singled to right field and Dave Schneck went down on strikes. Wayne Garrett hit a double that scored Staub and Milner for a 4-0 Mets lead. Rogers then issued an intentional walk to Ron Hodges and threw a called third strike past Matlack to end the inning.

Matlack and Rogers each pitched a scoreless second. With two outs in the top of the third, Larry Lintz reached on an error by shortstop Harrelson. Bob Bailey hit a single on which Lintz went to third base via an error by center fielder Schneck. Matlack fanned Hal Breeden to close out the inning and Staub singled to lead off the bottom half. Rusty moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on Milner’s ensuing single. Schneck singled to drive home Staub and a force play grounder by Garrett advanced Milner to third. Hodges hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Milner with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Rogers then got Matlack on a called third strike for the inning’s final out.

From the fourth inning to the sixth, Matlack and Montreal reliever Balor Moore each pitched scoreless ball. Jon held the Expos without a hit while Moore yielded a single to Staub and a double to Schneck during the three-inning stretch. Pinch-hitter Terry Humphrey opened the top of the seventh with a single to center field. Barry Foote followed with a grounder to Harrelson for a double play and Pepe Frias was struck out to finish off the inning. Montreal’s Don DeMola hurled a scoreless bottom half and Bailey drew a two-out walk in the top of the eighth. Breeden doubled to send Bailey to third base and Ken Singleton was retired on ground ball to third baseman Garrett for the third out. DeMola then set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Woods singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Matlack followed up with strikeouts of pinch-hitter Bob Stinson and Foote. Jon then got Frias on a pop-up to second baseman Ted Martinez to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Matlack’s complete game four-hitter.