It would be a great pitcher’s match up of future Hall of Famer; the Braves Phil Niekro against the Mets veteran, Ray Sadecki.
|New York Mets||Atlanta Braves|
|1||Bud Harrelson||SS||1||Ralph Garr||LF|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Marty Perez||2B|
|3||Cleon Jones||LF||3||Darrell Evans||3B|
|4||Rusty Staub||RF||4||Dusty Baker||CF|
|5||Ed Kranepool||1B||5||Davey Johnson||1B|
|6||Wayne Garrett||3B||6||Ivan Murrell||RF|
|7||Jim Gosger||CF||7||Leo Foster||SS|
|8||Duffy Dyer||C||8||Vic Correll||C|
|9||Ray Sadecki||P||9||Phil Niekro||P|
Both pitchers held the opposing team down through the first four innings. In the 5th, the Mets Jim Gosger singled to right field. He advanced to second on a passed ball & then to third base on a ground out.
The Mets pitcher; Sadecki then singled to right field bringing in Gosger with what turned out to be the game’s only run. The Mets would go on to the one run win, gathering just five hits off of Neikro.
Sadecki would be even better that day, shutting out the Braves, allowing five hits with two walks & five strike outs. Sadecki didn’t strike out anyone until the 7th inning.
It was also the only inning he came closest to allowing a run, as two Braves reached with singles. He answered by striking out all three outs of the inning. His other strike out came in the bottom of the 9th as he fanned Leo Foster for the final out.
Sadecki spent six seasons with the Mets (1970-1974 / 1977) being used as both a starter & reliever. He was 30-25 with one save, posting a 3.36 ERA in 165 games as a Met. Overall he pitcher 18 big league seasons going 135-131 in 563 games.