September 9, 1974: Sadecki Leads Mets Over Expos

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Date: September 9, 1974
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 7
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Dave Schneck, Cleon Jones
Key play: Jones’ doubles, Schneck’s single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Ray Sadecki pitched a complete game in a 7-1 Mets win over Montreal.

Larry Lintz hit a single to lead off the top of the first inning. Lintz stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Duffy Dyer’s throwing error. Tim Foli singled to score Lintz for a 1-0 Expos lead. Foli stole second and Sadecki retired Willie Davis and Bob Bailey on consecutive pop-ups to second baseman Felix Millan. Ray then got Hal Breeden to ground out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and end the inning.

Harrelson drew a walk against Montreal starter Dennis Blair to open the bottom of the first. Bud advanced to second base on a balk and to third on Millan’s ground out to shortstop Foli. Cleon Jones followed with a double that drove home Harrelson and tied the game at 1-1. John Milner fouled out to third baseman Larry Parrish and a line drive by Wayne Garrett was caught by second baseman Lintz to finish off the inning. Sadecki hurled a scoreless top of the second. Blair then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third inning, Sadecki retired all three batters in the top of the fourth. Jones doubled against Blair to begin the bottom of the inning. Milner hit a single and Garrett drew a walk to load the bases. Dave Schneck singled to score Jones and Milner with the go-ahead runs as Garrett moved to third base. Expos’ reliever Chuck Taylor retired Don Hahn on a foul pop-up to Parrish. Dyer hit a grounder on which Parrish threw to catcher Barry Foote for an out at home on Garrett. Sadecki and Harrelson followed with singles that plated Schneck and Dyer, respectively, for a 5-1 Mets lead. Taylor then retired Millan on a fly ball to center fielder Davis that closed out the inning.

Sadecki shut down the Expos in the top of the fifth. Against Montreal reliever John Montague, Milner reached on an error by first baseman Breeden. Garrett drew a walk and Schneck was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hahn hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Milner. Dyer singled to score Garrett with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Sadecki popped out to Parrish to end the inning and hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Montague then set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Jose Morales reached second base on Sadecki’s error with two outs in the top of the seventh. Ray retired Lintz on a line drive to Millan for the inning’s final out and Expos’ reliever Don Carrithers yielded only a triple to Schneck in the bottom half. Foli got a leadoff single in the top of the eighth. Davis grounded to first baseman Milner for a double play and Bailey singled. Breeden hit a single and Sadecki got Pepe Mangual on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Garrett. Carrithers then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Sadecki struck out Parrish to begin the top of the ninth. Foote also went down on strikes. Ray then got pinch-hitter Ken Singleton to ground out to Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • The win for Sadecki was his 30th and last one as a Mets pitcher.