April 23, 1972: Beauchamp's Single in 12th Sweeps Cubs

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Date: April 23, 1972
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 7
Cubs: 6
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Jerry Grote, Jim Beauchamp
Key play: Grote’s double in 8th, Beauchamp’s single in 12th

On a Sunday afternoon, the Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. The Mets looked for a sweep of the twinbill after winning the opener. The second game lasted 12 innings with the Mets coming out on top by a 7-6 score.

The game was scoreless over the first two innings. Jerry Koosman and Chicago’s Bill Hands each allowed a double for the teams’ only hits. In the top of the third, Jose Cardenal’s two-out double scored Don Kessinger for a 1-0 Cubs lead. Hands then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Ron Santo and Jim Hickman led off the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles. Randy Hundley hit a double to score both runners and went to third on the throw home. Hundley came home on Jerry Grote’s passed ball for the fourth Chicago run. Koosman then retired the next three batters to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Tommie Agee singled and Rusty Staub doubled to start off the inning. Both runners scored on Cleon Jones’ ensuing single to cut the Cubs’ lead to 4-2. Hands recorded outs on each of the next three New York batters. Koosman then pitched a scoreless top of the fifth.

Koosman led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left field. Jerry advanced to second on Bud Harrelson’s ground out. Hands retired Ken Boswell on a fly ball to right fielder Hickman and Agee followed with an infield single. On third baseman Santo’s errant throw to first, Koosman came home from third. Staub drew a walk and Jones hit a single that scored Agee to tie the game. Jim Fregosi then grounded to Santo for the third out.

Hickman hit a single to open the top of the sixth inning. Hundley followed with a double to send Hickman to third. Pinch-hitter Rick Monday hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Chuck Taylor to bring home Hickman. Taylor completed the inning with no further scoring and Chicago’s Dan McGinn pitched a perfect bottom half. In the seventh, Tug McGraw retired the Cubs in order and McGinn followed up with another 1-2-3 inning.

McGinn hit a single to score Monday with two outs in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, he retired the first two Mets batters before second baseman Glenn Beckert’s error of Fregosi’s ground ball. Ed Kranepool singled to put the tying runs on base. Grote followed with a double to bring home Fregosi and Kranepool, making it a 6-6 game. McGraw flied out to end the inning and neither team scored in the ninth.

McGraw and McGinn each faced four batters in pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Tug shut down the Cubs again after a leadoff single by Bill North in the top of the 11th. The Mets put two runners on base with one out against Chicago’s Phil Regan in the bottom half, but Boswell lined to Beckert for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Jim McAndrew then retired the Cubs without a run in the top of the 12th.

Agee and Staub singled off Regan to begin the bottom of the 12th inning. Fregosi received an intentional walk from reliever Steve Hamilton to load the bases. Jim Beauchamp, in his first appearance as a Met, came up to pinch-hit for Kranepool. Beauchamp hit a single to center field, scoring Agee with the winning run. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.