April 10, 1971: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 11th

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Date: April 10, 1971
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Ken Boswell, Bob Aspromonte
Key play: Boswell’s double, Aspromonte’s single, Granger’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-seven-minute game. On a wild pitch in the 11th inning, the Mets scored a run for a 3-2 win over Cincinnati.

Pete Rose singled against Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman to lead off the top of the first. Tommy Helms went down on strikes and Tony Perez followed with a double to right field. On Perez’s hit, Rose scored via an error by catcher Jerry Grote for a 1-0 Reds lead. Johnny Bench hit a single on which Perez got caught between bases and was tagged out by Koosman, who retired Hal McRae on a line drive to left fielder Cleon Jones that ended the inning. Cincinnati’s Gary Nolan then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Koosman set down the side in order in the top of the second. Donn Clendenon hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Ken Boswell doubled to drive home Clendenon and scored on Bob Aspromonte’s single for a 2-1 Mets lead. Grote was retired on a line drive to right fielder Rose. Nolan then got both Koosman and Tommie Agee on infield ground balls to finish off the inning.

Koosman and Nolan each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Bernie Carbo homered to tie the game at 2-2. Bill Plummer flied out to right fielder Art Shamsky to end the inning and Nolan set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Koosman hurled a scoreless top of the eighth and hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Agee singled and moved to second base on left fielder Carbo’s throw to third baseman Plummer that caught Koosman for an out. Nolan then retired Bud Harrelson on a fly ball to center fielder McRae to close out the inning.

Koosman hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Cincinnati reliever Clay Carroll pitched a scoreless bottom half and Jerry yielded just a single to Frank Duffy in the top of the 10th. Aspromonte drew a walk against the Reds’ Wayne Granger to open the bottom of the inning. Grote’s sacrifice bunt sent pinch-runner Tim Foli to second base and pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool was given an intentional walk. Agee hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Duffy. Harrelson then grounded back to Granger for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella gave up only a single to Perez in the top of the 11th. Ken Singleton hit a single with one out in the bottom half. Clendenon singled to advance Singleton to third base and Boswell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Foli hit a ground ball on which second baseman Helms threw to catcher Bench for an out at home on Singleton. With Grote at bat, Granger threw a wild pitch that brought home Clendenon with the winning run. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.