September 15, 1975: Vail Ties Hitting Streak Record
|Date: September 15, 1975|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Mike Vail|
|Key play: Vail's RBI singles in 6th and 8th|
The Mets began a series with the Expos on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The game featured a single by Mike Vail that extended his hitting streak to a record-tying 23 straught games. Vail also had a run-scoring single in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win.
Montreal's Steve Rogers started off in full control. He faced the minimum 12 Mets batters over the first four innings and recorded two key outs after a pair of singles in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Expos staked Rogers to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second against Jerry Koosman.
In the bottom of the sixth, Del Unser drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Rogers then struck out Felix Millan and Vail came to bat. Mike lined a single to center field to score Unser and cut the Montreal lead in half. The hit gave Vail a 23-game streak, tying Cleon Jones' Met record set in 1970.
The Mets tied the game in the seventh. Dave Kingman led off by reaching third base on Mike Jorgensen's error and scored on Rogers' wild pitch. Rogers retired the next three batters and Koosman held to Expos scoreless in the top of the eighth.
Wayne Garrett singled as a pinch-hitter for Koosman to start the bottom of the eighth inning for the Mets. Unser followed with a sacrifice, moving pinch-runner Gene Clines to second base. Rogers hit Millan with a pitch and Vail singled to left to bring Clines home, putting the Mets in front.
Reliever Skip Lockwood struck out three Montreal hitters in the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory on an historical night. After only one month in the major leagues, Vail had already reached a team mark.
- Vail's streak had a break in it. Between the first and second games, Mike drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Giants' pitcher Ed Halicki's no-hitter on August 24. Since Vail did not have an official at bat, this game did not affect the streak.
- The save for Lockwood was his first one as a Met.