April 12, 1970: Seaver and Weis Pluck Redbirds

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Date: April 12, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Al Weis, Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones
Key play: Grote’s sacrifice fly, Seaver’s and Weis’s singles and doubles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tom Seaver and Al Weis drove in a combined five runs to lead the Mets to a 6-4 win over the Redbirds.

After a scoreless first inning, Cleon Jones and Donn Clendenon got back-to-back singles against Cards’ starter Steve Carlton to begin the top of the second. Ron Swoboda was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Leron Lee, after which the runners advanced to second and third base. Jerry Grote hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Jones with the first run of the game. Weis followed with a double to bring home Clendenon. Seaver singled to score Weis and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Tommie Agee grounded back to Carlton for the inning’s third out. Seaver then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Carlton yielded only a single to Bud Harrelson in the top of the third. Seaver surrendered just a walk to Dal Maxvill in the bottom of the inning and Carlton hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Jose Cardenal singled to open the bottom half. Dick Allen flied out to center fielder Agee and a double by Joe Torre ensued. Lee hit a sacrifice fly to score Cardenal. Joe Hague followed with a single that brought home Torre and cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2. On his own hit, Hague moved to second base via a throw. Seaver then got Julian Javier to pop out to first baseman Clendenon and finish off the inning.

Carlton shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half and Clendenon singled against Carlton to open the top of the sixth. Swoboda flied out to center fielder Cardenal and a single by Grote followed. Weis hit a single to drive home Clendenon. Seaver doubled to score both Grote and Weis, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-2. St. Louis reliever Chuck Taylor issued a walk to Agee and retired Harrelson on a fly ball to left fielder Lou Brock. Joe Foy then hit a force play ground ball to Chuck Taylor for the final out of the inning.

Cardenal drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth. Allen and Torre got singles to load the bases and Lee went down on strikes. Hague was retired on a grounder to Clendenon. On the play, Allen got caught in a rundown (during which Cardenal scored) and was tagged out by catcher Grote for a double play that ended the inning. Chuck Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the seventh and pinch-hitter Jim Campbell singled with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo reached on shortstop Harrelson’s error and Brock fouled out to Grote. Seaver then got Cardenal to hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson and close out the inning.

Cards’ reliever Sal Campisi retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom half, Allen homered for the Redbirds’ fourth run of the game. Torre grounded out to Harrelson on a fly ball by Lee was caught by right fielder Swoboda. Hague and Javier got back-to-back singles and Seaver was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor. Pinch-hitter Cookie Rojas hit a single that loaded the bases. Ron Taylor then retired pinch-hitter Carl Taylor on a fly ball to Swoboda to finish off the inning.

St. Louis reliever Nelson Briles gave up only a single to Jones in the top of the ninth. Brock grounded out to second baseman Weis to begin the bottom half. Cardenal was retired on a fly ball to Agee. Allen then grounded back to Ron Taylor to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.