September 7, 1970: McAndrew Stifles Expos for DH Sweep

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Date: September 7, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 5
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tommie Agee, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Agee’s home run, Clendenon’s double

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on Labor Day afternoon at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Jim McAndrew pitched a six-hit complete game in a 5-1 Mets win over Montreal.

McAndrew yielded only a single to Rusty Staub in the top of the first inning. Expos’ starter Dan McGinn pitched a scoreless bottom half and McAndrew set down the side in order in the top of the second. Jerry Grote singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bud Harrelson flied out to left fielder Mack Jones and a single by McAndrew ensued. Tommie Agee slugged a three-run homer and Wayne Garrett drew a walk. Cleon Jones singled and McGinn was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Howie Reed. Donn Clendenon greeted Reed with a double that scored Garrett and Cleon Jones for a 5-0 Mets lead. Reed then struck out Ken Singleton to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Don Hahn got a one-out single in the top of the third. Marv Staehle popped out to shortstop Harrelson and a single by Mack Jones followed. Staub was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Bob Bailey lined out to second baseman Garrett to finish off the inning. Harrelson got a bunt single against Expos’ reliever Mike Wegener with two outs in the bottom half. McAndrew drew a walk and Agee hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ron Brand for the inning’s final out. McAndrew gave up just a single to Jim Gosger in the top of the fourth. Wegener then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Ron Fairly drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth inning. Staehle hit a double play grounder back to McAndrew and a double by Mack Jones ensued. Staub drew a walk and Bailey singled to drive home Mack Jones. Gosger flied out to left fielder Cleon Jones for the third out of the inning and Montreal reliever John Strohmayer yielded only a single to Grote in the bottom half. McAndrew retired the Expos 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Strohmayer then held the Mets to a single by Agee in the bottom of the inning.

McAndrew and Montreal’s Mike Marshall each pitched scoreless and hitless ball in the seventh and eighth. Boots Day flied out to center fielder Agee to begin the top of the ninth inning. John Boccabella was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Garrett. McAndrew then struck out Brand to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jim’s six-hitter and a sweep of the holiday doubleheader.