April 19, 1970: Mets Rout Phils for DH Split

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Date: April 19, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 10
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Bud Harrelson, Jim McAndrew
Key play: Mets’ six runs in 5th, Clendenon’s home run

The Mets and Phillies squared off in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Following a six-run outburst in the fifth inning, the Mets coasted to a 10-2 win over Philadelphia.

Jim McAndrew and the Phils’ Chris Short each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the third, McAndrew set down all three Philadelphia batters. Al Weis hit a double to lead off the bottom of the inning. McAndrew’s sacrifice bunt advanced Weis to third base and Tommie Agee went down on strikes. A single by Bud Harrelson scored Weis for the game’s first run. Joe Foy followed with a bunt single. Short then got Cleon Jones on a pop-up to second baseman Denny Doyle to end the inning.

Doyle tripled for the Phillies’ first hit to lead off the top of the fourth. An ensuing single by Don Money drove home Doyle and tied the game at 1-1. Johnny Briggs hit a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for a double play and McAndrew retired Deron Johnson on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Foy. Short hurled a perfect bottom half of the inning. McAndrew then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.

McAndrew hit a double with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tommie Agee drew a walk and Harrelson doubled to score McAndrew with the go-ahead run. Short issued an intentional walk to Foy that loaded the bases and hit Jones with a pitch to force home Agee. Donn Clendenon drew a walk to score Harrelson and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Philadelphia reliever Bill Wilson walked Ron Swoboda to bring home Foy. A wild pitch allowed Jones to score and Jerry Grote was called out on strikes. Weis got a bunt single to plate Clendenon with the Mets’ sixth run of the inning and seventh of the game. Wilson then fanned McAndrew for the third out.

In the top of the sixth, McAndrew retired the side in order for the fifth time in the game. Wilson issued walks to Harrelson and Foy with one out in the bottom half. Jones took a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Clendenon followed with a three-run homer to lengthen the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Phillies’ reliever Dick Selma came in to pitch and gave up a single to Swoboda. Selma then got Grote for an inning-ending force play grounder to Doyle.

Money hit a home run to begin the top of the seventh inning. McAndrew set down the next three hitters on outfield fly balls and Selma hurled a scoreless bottom half. Leading off the top of the eighth, Larry Hisle doubled against Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor. Pinch-hitter Sam Parrilla flied out to right fielder Swoboda to move Hisle to third base. Taylor retired Larry Bowa on a line drive to Swoboda and got Ron Stone to ground out to first baseman Clendenon and end the inning. Phils’ reliever Joe Hoerner then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Doyle hit a single to start the top of the ninth. Money flied out to left fielder Dave Marshall and a strikeout of Briggs ensued. Taylor then got Jim Hutto to fly out to Swoboda and end the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader.