September 16, 1974: Sterling Wins Debut

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Date: September 16, 1974
Mets starter: Randy Sterling
Mets: 3
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Sterling
Key player(s): Randy Sterling, Rusty Staub, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Staub’s home run, Garrett’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Monday evening. After a loss to Montreal in the opener, the Mets aimed for a split of the twinbill at Jarry Park. Randy Sterling recorded the win in his major league debut as the Mets came away with a 3-2 victory.

Sterling and the Expos’ Don Carrithers each started the game with four innings of no-hit shutout ball. In the top of the fifth, Rusty Staub led off with a home run. Ed Kranepool hit a double and Carrithers retired the next two New York batters. Ron Hodges was given an intentional walk and Sterling drew a walk to load the bases. A single by Wayne Garrett scored Kranepool and Hodges to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Ken Boswell grounded out to second baseman Larry Lintz to end the inning. Sterling then set down all three Montreal hitters in the bottom half.

Carrithers pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Sterling hit Larry Parrish with a pitch to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Willie Davis singled for the Expos’ first hit of the game. Lintz’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Tim Foli’s sacrifice fly brought home Parrish and a single by Mike Jorgensen scored Davis. Sterling walked Ken Singleton and Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw walked Ron Fairly to load the bases. McGraw then fanned Bob Bailey for the third out of the inning.

McGraw and the Expos’ Chuck Taylor each pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings. Taylor retired the Mets in order again in the top of the ninth. Singleton singled to start the bottom of the inning. Fairly hit a ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan for a double play. Pinch-hitter Barry Foote followed with an infield single. McGraw then got Gary Carter on a grounder to shortstop Ted Martinez for a game-ending force play. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader on Sterling’s first major league win.