September 3, 1974: Five-Run Innings Bury Cubs
|Date: September 3, 1974|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Felix Millan, Wayne Garrett|
|Key play: Harrelson’s and Millan’s singles in 7th, Garrett’s homer in 8th|
The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. A pair of five-run innings lifted the Mets to an 11-4 win over Chicago.
Following a scoreless first, Wayne Garrett singled with one out in the top of the second inning. Ted Martinez hit a double that advanced Garrett to third base. Duffy Dyer grounded out to third baseman Bill Madlock to drive home Garrett with the game’s first run. Cubs’ starter Tom Dettore retired Tom Seaver on an inning-ending foul pop-up to first baseman Pete LaCock. Leading off the bottom half, Rick Monday homered against Seaver to tie the game. Chris Ward fouled out to third baseman Garrett and consecutive singles by Madlock and George Mitterwald followed. Billy Grabarkewitz singled to score Madlock for a 2-1 Chicago lead. Seaver then got Dettore on a ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan for an inning-ending double play.
Seaver and Dettore each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Dyer hit a leadoff single and Seaver reached second base on an error by catcher Mitterwald. Back-to-back singles by Bud Harrelson and Millan brought home Dyer and Seaver, respectively, to put the Mets ahead by a run. With reliever Ken Frailing on the mound for the Cubs, Ken Boswell put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. John Milner singled to score Harrelson and Millan. Benny Ayala hit a single and Garrett drew a walk to load the bases. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly against Chicago’s Burt Hooton to plate Milner with the Mets’ fifth run of the inning for a 6-2 lead. Hooton then got Dyer on a force play grounder to Madlock to finish off the inning.
Madlock singled to open the bottom of the seventh. Mitterwald hit a single and Grabarkewitz went down on strikes. A single by Jerry Morales scored Madlock and an ensuing walk to Don Kessinger loaded the bases. Seaver was replaced by Mets’ reliever Harry Parker, who threw a wild pitch that plated Mitterwald with the Cubs’ fourth run of the game. Jose Cardenal flied out to right fielder Don Hahn and a walk to LaCock reloaded the bases. Parker then retired Monday on a force play grounder to Millan for the third out of the inning.
Harrelson got a bunt single against Chicago’s Oscar Zamora with one out in the top of the eighth. Millan singled and Hahn lined out to left fielder Morales. Cubs’ reliever Jim Kremmel issued a walk to Milner that loaded the bases. Ayala singled against Chicago’s Ray Burris to drive home Harrelson and Millan, extending the Mets’ lead to 8-4. Garrett followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets’ their second consecutive inning with five runs. Burris retired Martinez on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Grabarkewitz. Parker then set down the Cubs in order in the bottom half.
For Chicago, reliever Herb Hutson retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Grabarkewitz hit a single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Morales flied out to left fielder Ayala and a single by Kessinger ensued. Pinch-hitter Rick Stelmaszek was retired on a fly ball to Ayala. Parker then got LaCock to ground out to first baseman Milner and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.