May 19, 1972: Staub and Grote Put Away Phils

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Date: May 19, 1972
Mets starter: Buzz Capra
Mets: 8
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Buzz Capra
Key player(s): Jerry Grote, Rusty Staub
Key play: Grote's and Staub's home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Jerry Grote and Rusty Staub combined for three homers and seven RBIs in an 8-3 Mets win.

Tommie Agee drew a two-out walk against Phils' starter Dick Selma in the top of the first inning. Agee stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Staub. John Milner singled to drive home Agee for a 1-0 Mets lead. Selma retired Jim Fregosi on a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa for the third out. The Mets' Buzz Capra then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Selma gave up only a single to Capra in the top of the second. Deron Johnson got an infield single to open the bottom of the inning. Don Money went down on strikes and Mike Anderson doubled. Bowa fouled out to catcher Grote and a double by Selma brought home Johnson and Anderson, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Capra the retired Denny Doyle on a fly ball to center fielder Agee to end the inning.

After scoreless third and fourth inning, Staub slugged a game-tying home run with one out in the top of the fifth. Milner was called out on strikes and Fregosi drew a walk. Ed Kranepool grounded out to second baseman Doyle to finish off the inning and Capra set down the side in order in the bottom half. To begin the top of the sixth, Grote homered against Selma for a 3-2 Mets lead. Capra and Bud Harrelson drew consecutive walks and Ken Boswell's sacrifice bunt against Philadelphia reliever Ken Reynolds moved the runners to second and third base. Agee walked to load the bases and Staub singled to plate both Capra and Harrelson, increasing the New York lead to 5-2. Reynolds got Milner to pop out to first baseman Johnson and retired Fregosi on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Anderson. Capra then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Reynolds hurled a perfect top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Doyle tripled and came home on an error by shortstop Harrelson. Tim McCarver hit a single and Capra struck out Willie Montanez to end the inning. Phillies' reliever Chris Short retired all three batters in the top of the eighth and Greg Luzinski singled against Capra to lead off the bottom half. The Mets' Danny Frisella retired Johnson on a pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. Frisella then got Money to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ted Martinez and fanned Anderson for the inning's final out.

Fregosi singled with two outs in the top of the ninth. Kranepool hit a single and Grote connected for his second homer of the game and three more Met runs. Short retired Frisella on a fly ball to Anderson that ended the inning and Bowa got a leadoff single in the bottom half. With pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton at bat, Bowa moved to second base on a wild pitch. Hutton was struck out and Doyle grounded out to Frisella. McCarver walked and Frisella got Montanez on a grounder back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • This was Grote's only multi-homer game of his career