May 21, 1972: Mets Win 11th in a Row
|Date: May 21, 1972|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Willie Mays, Tommie Agee|
|Key play: Agee's & Mays' home runs|
The Mets and Phillies concluded a four-game series on a Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. After sweeping their two previous series against the Giants and Expos, the Mets looked to do the same in Philadelphia. They came away with a 4-3 win for their third straight series sweep and 11th consecutive triumph.
The Phils got three runs off Tom Seaver over the first four innings. Greg Luzinski singled home Tim McCarver in the first and Tommy Hutton hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Meanwhile, Philadelphia starter Steve Carlton shut down the Mets without a hit while recording seven strikeouts through the end of the fifth.
Willie Mays doubled for the first hit off Carlton to begin the top of the sixth inning. Following an out, Tommie Agee hit a home run to reduce the Phillies' lead to 3-2. Carlton retired the next two batters and set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Seaver followed up by shutting down the Phils in the bottom half.
Pinch-hitting for Seaver, Jim Beauchamp led off the eighth inning with a single. Mays followed with a home run to put the Mets on top. Reliever Danny Frisella retired the Phillies in order in the bottom of the inning and pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory to give them three sweeps in as many series. The 11th straight win tied a team record that was set in the championship season of 1969.