After opening the season with a 3-0 win over the Phillies, the Mets got by the Phillies today on a game-winning hit by Willie Mays in the bottom of the ninth. Mays’s hit with two outs scored Ted Martinez from second with the winning run, making a winner of Jon Matlack, who went the distance, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out two. Martinez was running for Ed Kranepool, who led off the ninth with a walk. With one out, Martinez advanced to second on a fielder’s choice by Felix Millan.
Matlack did not dominate today, but he was effective over nine innings. He walked 5, and allowed a home run to Bill Robinson. The Mets scored their first two runs on a home run by John Milner, and an RBI single by Cleon Jones. The Mets moved their record to 2-0 before 18,878 at Shea.
Here’s what the starting lineups looked like:
|Philadelphia Phillies||New York Mets|
|1||Larry Bowa||SS||1||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|2||Bill Robinson||CF||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Willie Montanez||RF||3||Willie Mays||CF|
|4||Deron Johnson||1B||4||Rusty Staub||RF|
|5||Greg Luzinski||LF||5||Cleon Jones||LF|
|6||Jose Pagan||3B||6||John Milner||1B|
|7||Bob Boone||C||7||Jim Fregosi||3B|
|8||Terry Harmon||2B||8||Duffy Dyer||C|
|9||Jim Lonborg||P||9||Jon Matlack||P|
Up next, the Mets go to Saint Louis to visit the Cardinals, and Jerry Koosman takes the hill for the opener.. Let’s go Mets!