May 24, 1965: Lary and McGraw Four-Hit Phils for Sweep

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Date: May 24, 1965
Mets starter: Frank Lary
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Lary
Key player(s): Johnny Lewis, Charley Smith, Frank Lary, Tug McGraw
Key play: Smith’s double, Lewis’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Monday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Connie Mack Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Frank Lary and Tug McGraw combined on a four-hitter in a 4-1 Mets victory over Philadelphia.

Lary and the Phils’ Chris Short each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Frank issued two walks while Short yielded three singles and a pair of bases on balls. To begin the top of the sixth, Bobby Klaus singled and advanced to second base on Roy McMillan’s ground out to second baseman Tony Taylor. Joe Christopher went down on strikes and Charley Smith hit a double to drive home Klaus. Ron Swoboda was given an intentional walk and Johnny Lewis slugged a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Short retired Jim Hickman on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Bobby Wine. Lary then held the Phillies to a single by Tony Gonzalez in the bottom half.

Despite singles by Klaus and McMillan, the Mets failed to score against Philadelphia reliever Gary Wagner in the top of the seventh inning. Lary hurled a perfect bottom half and Wagner struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. Frank set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Chris Cannizzaro got a one-out single against the Phils’ Jack Baldschun in the top of the ninth. Lary followed with a force play bunt back to Baldschun and moved to second base on a single by Klaus. Baldschun then retired McMillan on a fly ball to right fielder Johnny Callison to end the inning.

Gonzalez homered for the Phils’ first run and second hit against Lary to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Allen hit a single and McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets. Tug retired Callison on a pop-up to catcher Cannizzaro and threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Alex Johnson. Frank Thomas singled for the fourth Philadelphia hit of the game. McGraw then got Taylor to ground out to second baseman Klaus and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The save for McGraw was the first one of his career.