May 23, 1971: Sadecki Blanks Braves for Sweep

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Date: May 23, 1971
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Al Weis, Tommie Agee
Key play: Weis’s sacrifice fly, Agee’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ray Sadecki pitched a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Atlanta that completed a series sweep.

After a scoreless first inning, Sadecki set down the side in order in the top of the second. Cleon Jones reached on first baseman Orlando Cepeda’s error to begin the bottom half. Jones advanced to second base on Jerry Grote’s single and to third on Tim Foli’s force play ground ball to third baseman Clete Boyer. Al Weis followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Braves’ starter Mike McQueen then retired Sadecki on a pop-up to second baseman Felix Millan for the inning’s third out.

Sadecki yielded only a double to Marty Perez in the top of the third. Pinch-hitter Ken Singleton singled to lead off the bottom half. Singleton went to second base on Bud Harrelson’s ground out to McQueen and to third after Tommie Agee’s fly out to center fielder Sonny Jackson. Donn Clendenon drew a walk and moved to third on Jones’ single that drove home Singleton. Grote singled to score Clendenon and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. McQueen then struck out Foli to finish off the inning.

Sadecki gave up just a single to Cepeda in the top of the fourth. Ray singled with one out in the bottom half. Singleton was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Ralph Garr. Harrelson hit a force play grounder to shortstop Perez to end the inning and Sadecki shut down the Braves in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom half, Agee homered for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Clendenon grounded out to Millan and a fly ball by Jones was caught by Jackson. McQueen then walked Grote and got Foli on a ground ball to Perez for the final out of the inning.

Sadecki and McQueen each pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Ray yielded only a single to Millan in the top of the eighth and Atlanta reliever Ron Herbel hurled a perfect bottom half. Hank Aaron singled to open the top of the ninth. Cepeda flied out to center fielder Agee and line drive by Boyer was caught by second baseman Weis. Sadecki then got Jackson to pop out to shortstop Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory on Ray’s shutout.