After dropping a ten-inning 2-1 heartbreaker to Les Expos in yesterday’s series opener, the visiting Mets had the bejeezus beat out of them for good measure today in game two. Four former New York players joined forces as Montreal brutalized Mets pitching to the tune of nineteen runs and twenty-one hits.
Expos lead-off batter and one time Mets all-star second baseman, Ron Hunt set the table going 2 for 3 at the plate, with a walk, two runs scored and a run batted-in. The day however belonged to the three players involved in the trade that brought Rusty Staub to Shea Stadium. In front of a Jarry Parc crowd of 12,200 and against the team that originally drafted them, first baseman Mike Jorgensen, shortstop Tim Foli and slugging outfielder Ken Singleton put their young skills on display. Batting second for Montreal, Jorgensen was 2 for 5 with a walk, and managed four runs scored with a run batted-in. Number seven batter Tim Foli was 3 for 5, with two runs scored and an rbi. Clean-up hitter, big Ken Singleton provided the power, going 3 for 6 at the plate, with two runs scored, a home run, and five runs batted-in.
Jim McAndrew climbed the hill for New York, but only lasted 4.1 innings, in which he allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits. He walked two and struck out two, before giving way to Tug McGraw, who got pounded for another seven earned runs in four innings of work. Phil Hennigan then suffered through the tail end of today’s fiasco, surrendering six more earned runs on nine hits over the final two innings.
|New York Mets||Montreal Expos|
|1||Wayne Garrett||3B||1||Ron Hunt||2B|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Mike Jorgensen||1B|
|3||George Theodore||LF||3||Ron Fairly||LF|
|4||Rusty Staub||RF||4||Ken Singleton||RF|
|5||John Milner||1B||5||Boots Day||CF|
|6||Ron Hodges||C||6||Bob Bailey||3B|
|7||Don Hahn||CF||7||Tim Foli||SS|
|8||Ted Martinez||SS||8||John Boccabella||C|
|9||Jim McAndrew||P||9||Ernie McAnally||P|
After leading this game 5-3 through three innings, the Mets went on to post their third consecutive loss, and forty-second of the season, against thirty-three wins. Now eight games below the .500 mark, the Mets will spend a fifth consecutive day in the N.L. East basement, 11.5 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs.