October 2, 1972: Mets Beat Expos for DH Split
|Date: October 2, 1972|
|Mets starter: Tommy Moore|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Tommy Moore, Wayne Garrett, Dave Schneck|
|Key play: Garrett’s and Schneck’s RBI singles|
The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Monday evening in Montreal. After losing the opener on a no-hitter by the Expos’ Bill Stoneman, the Mets looked for a split in the second game of the twinbill at Jarry Park. A pair of late-inning runs gave the Mets a 2-1 win.
Making his first major league start, Tommy Moore pitched solidly for the Mets. Moore held the Expos scoreless from the first inning to the seventh, scattering six hits and issuing only one walk. Meanwhile, his teammates managed only a walk to Dave Schneck and a pair of singles (by Schneck and Don Hahn) in being shut down by Montreal starter Carl Morton.
Moore singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. On his own hit, Tommy advanced to second base via an error by shortstop Tim Foli. Wayne Garrett hit a single to drive home Moore for a 1-0 Mets lead. Morton retired Ken Boswell on a pop-up to second baseman Ron Hunt that ended the inning and pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen singled against Moore to lead off the bottom half. Hunt popped out to shortstop Ted Martinez and a single by Tim McCarver advanced pinch-runner Pepe Mangual to third. Ken Singleton got a single against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw to score Mangual and tie the game. McGraw then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Bob Bailey and got pinch-hitter John Boccabella on a force play ground ball to Martinez for the inning’s third out.
Ed Kranepool hit a one-out triple against Expos’ reliever Mike Marshall in the top of the ninth. Schneck followed with a single that plated Kranepool and put the Mets ahead by a run. Marshall retired Joe Nolan on a grounder to Hunt and struck out Hahn to finish off the inning. Pinch-hitter Ron Woods was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones to begin the bottom half. Foli grounded out to third baseman Garrett. McGraw then fanned Coco Laboy for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.