May 20, 1972: Mets Outdouble Phillies for Win

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Date: May 20, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Willie Mays, Tommie Agee
Key play: Matlack’s, Mays’ and Agee’s doubles

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening. The teams played a one-hour and fifty-four-minute opener of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. A supply of doubles provided all the scoring in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phils.

Jon Matlack and Philadelphia’s Woodie Fryman each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. With one out in the top of the third, Jerry Grote singled to center field. Grote advanced to second base on Matlack’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double by Mays. Bud Harrelson grounded back to Fryman to end the inning and Matlack hurled a perfect bottom half. Fryman then set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth.

Larry Bowa hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Terry Harmon followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson. Willie Montanez hit a double that brought home Harmon and tied the game at 1-1. Greg Luzinski was retired on a grounder to second baseman Ted Martinez. Matlack then got Deron Johnson to fly out to left fielder Cleon Jones and finish off the inning.

From the fifth inning to the seventh, Fryman and Matlack each allowed two hits in pitching scoreless ball. Jon got a one-out double in the top of the eighth. Mays was given an intentional walk and Harrelson flied out to center fielder Montanez. Agee doubled to drive home Matlack and Mays, giving the Mets a two-run lead. Fryman retired Rusty Staub on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Harmon. Matlack then retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

Phils’ reliever Wayne Twitchell pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Harmon went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the inning. Montanez flied out to right fielder Staub and a single by Luzinski ensued. Matlack then struck out Johnson to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.