October 3, 1972: Boswell and Garrett Lead Mets Over Expos
|Date: October 3, 1972|
|Mets starter: Hank Webb|
|Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella|
|Key player(s): Ken Boswell, Wayne Garrett|
|Key play: Boswell’s singles in 5th and 12th|
The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Montreal’s Jarry Park, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Ken Boswell and Wayne Garrett combined for seven hits to lead the Mets to a 4-3 victory in 12 innings.
Following a scoreless first inning, Expos’ starter Mike Torrez shut down the Mets again in the top of the second. Jim Fairey drew a walk against New York’s Hank Webb to begin the bottom half. Tim Foli singled to advance Fairey to third base and John Boccabella was struck out. Coco Laboy grounded out to Webb to drive home Fairey for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Webb then fanned Torrez to end the inning.
Garrett drew a walk with two outs in the top of the third. Boswell followed with a double on which center fielder Boots Day made an error that allowed Garrett to score the tying run. Torrez struck out John Milner to finish off the inning and Webb set down the Expos 1-2-3 in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the fourth, Dave Schneck and Bill Sudakis got back-to-back singles to left field. Torrez then got Don Hahn to hit a ground ball to second baseman Ron Hunt for a double play that ended the inning.
Ron Fairly drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth. Fairey flied out to right fielder Hahn and a walk to Foli ensued. Boccabella was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Schneck. Laboy doubled to drive home Fairly and Foli for a 3-1 Expos lead. Webb then got Torrez on a fly ball to left fielder John Milner for the inning’s final out.
Webb reached on an error by Hunt with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Garrett hit a double to right field. Boswell singled to score Webb and Garrett, tying the game at 3-3. Ernie McAnally came in to pitch for Montreal and retired Milner and Ed Kranepool on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Ken Singleton to close out the inning. Singleton doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Fairly followed with a single on which Milner threw to catcher Sudakis for an out at home on Singleton to end the inning.
McAnally and Webb each pitched a scoreless sixth. In the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Dave Marshall drew a one-out walk and moved to third base on Garrett’s single to right field. McAnally caught Marshall with a pickoff throw to third baseman Laboy and a single by Boswell followed. Milner hit a force play grounder to Hunt for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella then retired the Expos in order in the bottom half.
McAnally and Frisella each hurled scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings. Montreal reliever Tom Walker pitched perfect 10th and 11th innings and Frisella responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves. Garrett hit a double with one out in the top of the 12th. Boswell singled to bring home Garrett and put the Mets ahead by a run. On his own hit, Ken was out at second base via a throw by Day to Hunt. Walker then got Milner to fly out to Day and end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Bob Bailey singled against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw to lead off the bottom of the 12th. Hunt hit a double play grounder to shortstop Ted Martinez and a single by pinch-hitter Hal Breeden ensued. McGraw then got Singleton on a force play ground ball to third baseman Garrett to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.