September 4, 1974: Mets Defeat Cubs for Three-Game Sweep

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Date: September 4, 1974
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Felix Millan, John Milner, Bob Apodaca
Key play: Millan’s and Milner’s singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 4-2 win.

Ray Sadecki and the Cubs’ Steve Stone each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Sadecki hit a single against Stone to lead off the top of the sixth. Ray advanced to third base on Bud Harrelson’s single and came home on a single by Felix Millan. John Milner followed with a single that scored Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Chicago reliever Dave LaRoche got Rusty Staub to hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Rob Sperring and struck out Benny Ayala to end the inning. Sadecki then gave up only a triple to Jerry Morales in the bottom half.

LaRoche hit Wayne Garrett with a pitch to begin the top of the seventh. Garrett went to second base on a balk and Ted Martinez popped out to Sperring. Duffy Dyer drew a walk and Sadecki singled to load the bases. Harrelson walked to force home Garrett and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Against Cubs’ reliever Oscar Zamora, Millan hit a grounder on which shortstop Don Kessinger threw to catcher Steve Swisher for an out at home on Dyer. Zamora then retired Milner on a ground ball to first baseman Andre Thornton for the inning’s third out.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Jim Tyrone reached second base on errors by third baseman Garrett and left fielder Ayala. Rick Monday singled to drive home Tyrone and a single by Kessinger ensued. Sadecki was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Bob Apodaca, against whom Jose Cardenal doubled to score Monday and reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Thornton drew a walk that loaded the bases and Morales hit a ground ball on which Garrett threw to catcher Dyer for an out at home on Kessinger. Apodaca then got Bill Madlock to line out to second baseman Millan and finish off the inning.

Chicago reliever Jim Todd hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Apodaca retired the side in order in the bottom half and doubled against Todd with one out in the top of the ninth. Harrelson drew a walk and Millan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Against the Cubs’ Jim Kremmel, Milner grounded out to second baseman Ron Dunn to bring home Apodaca with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Staub drew a walk and Chicago’s Herb Hutson got Ayala on a force play ground ball to third baseman Madlock to close out the inning.

Monday singled to begin the bottom of the ninth. Kessinger flied out to center fielder Don Hahn and a strikeout of Cardenal followed. Apodaca then retired Thornton on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series at Wrigley Field.