September 24, 1972: Mets Defeat Phils in Home Finale

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Date: September 24, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Bill Robinson, Lute Barnes
Key play: Agee’s and Robinson’s home runs, Barnes’ sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 41,644 was on hand for Fan Appreciation Day and the Mets’ last home game of the season. The orange and blue concluded the home schedule with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Tommie Agee homered against the Phils’ Steve Carlton for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lute Barnes hit a double and Carlton struck out the next three batters to finish off the inning. Seaver and Carlton then followed up by pitching three-hit ball from the second to the sixth.

Bill Robinson hit a game-tying home run with one out in the top of the seventh. Seaver got Don Money to pop out to second baseman Barnes and retired John Bateman on an inning-ending ground ball back to the mound. Carlton set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and singled to open the top of the eighth. Denny Doyle flied out to left fielder Cleon Jones and a wild pitch advanced Carlton to second base. Larry Bowa was retired on a pop-up to Barnes. Seaver then fanned Tommy Hutton for the inning’s final out.

Ted Martinez got an infield single to begin the bottom of the eighth. Seaver went down on strikes and Agee singled. On Tommie’s hit, catcher Bateman made an error that allowed Martinez to move to third base. Barnes followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Martinez with the go-ahead run. After Ted crossed the plate, Agee was out via a throw by center fielder Robinson to third baseman Money to end the inning.

Willie Montanez grounded back to Seaver to start the top of the ninth. Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out Greg Luzinski. McGraw then fanned Robinson to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close the home half of the season.

Notes

  • Agee’s homer was his last one as a Met.