After opening the season 4-0, the Mets suffered their first loss of the season in Philadelphia. Starter Jon Matlack was hit hard, giving up seven hits and six runs in four innings.
The Phillies touched up Matlack for a run in the first, before getting to him for two in the fourth and three in the fifth. The big blow in the fifth was a three run blast off the bat of Philadelphia first baseman and cleanup hitter Deron Johnson.
The Mets had only five hits on the day. Shortstop Bud Harrelson had two, and Rusty Staub, Cleon Jones, and Jim Fregosi chipped in a hit a piece. New York scored their only run in the ninth, courtesy of a wild pitch, and fell by the score of 7-1.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from that day:
New York Mets
|1. Bud Harrelson, SS||1. Larry Bowa, SS|
|2. Felix Milan, 2B||2. Cesar Tovar, 3B|
|3. John Milner, 1B||3. Willie Montanez, RF|
|4. Rusty Staub, RF||4. Deron Johnson, 1B|
|5. Cleon Jones, LF||5. Greg Luzinski, LF|
|6. Jim Fregosi, 3B||6. Bill Robinson, CF|
|7. Rich Chiles, CF||7. Bob Boone, C|
|8. Duffy Dyer, C||8. Terry Harmon, 2B|
|9. Jon Matlack, P||9. Larry Christenson, P|