September 4, 1971: McAndrew and Frisella Blank Phils for Sweep

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Date: September 4, 1971
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Danny Frisella, Ed Kranepool, Ken Singleton
Key play: Kranepool’s homer and RBI single, Singleton’s home run

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening in Philadelphia. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets looked for a sweep in the nightcap. Jim McAndrew and Danny Frisella combined on a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over the Phils.

McAndrew and the Phillies’ Barry Lersch each pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless ball to begin the game. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Ed Kranepool hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Ken Boswell singled and Lersch got Ken Singleton on a force play ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa that ended the inning. Willie Montanez and Greg Luzinski were struck out to start the bottom half. Don Money followed with a triple to left field. McAndrew then retired Larry Hisle on a grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the inning’s third out.

Jerry Grote doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Lersch set down the next three New York batters to close out the inning and drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Lersch was out at second base on Bowa’s force play grounder to first baseman Kranepool. Tim McCarver popped out to Kranepool to finish off the inning and Dave Marshall hit a double with one out in the top of the sixth. Kranepool singled to score Marshall with the Mets’ second run of the game. Trying to advance on his own hit, Ed was out via a throw by left fielder Hisle to second baseman Money. Lersch retired Boswell on an inning-ending grounder to Money. McAndrew then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Singleton homered for the Mets’ third run to open the top of the seventh inning. Grote and Don Hahn went down on strikes and McAndrew grounded back to Lersch for the third out. Hisle was struck out to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Deron Johnson singled and pinch-hitter Oscar Gamble drew a walk. McAndrew retired Bowa on a fly ball to right fielder Singleton. Frisella then came in to pitch for the Mets and got McCarver on a grounder to Kranepool that closed out the inning.

Wayne Garrett drew a one-out walk against Philadelphia reliever Billy Wilson in the top of the eighth. Marshall went down on strikes and Kranepool singled to advance Garrett to third base. Boswell grounded out to second baseman Terry Harmon to end the inning and Frisella struck out the side in order in the bottom half. Grote hit his second double of the game with one out in the top of the ninth. Hahn grounded out to Bowa to move Grote to third. Wilson then retired Frisella on a ground ball to Harmon for the final out of the inning.

Money doubled to begin the bottom of the ninth. Hisle went down on strikes and Harmon was hit by a pitch. Frisella then struck out pinch-hitter Ron Stone and got Bowa on a pop-up to second baseman Boswell to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.