April 26, 1971: Mets Pound Cardinals with 17 Hits

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Date: April 26, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 12
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee
Key play: Mets' four-run 4th inning

The Mets began a four-game series in St. Louis on a Monday night. In the game, the Mets got hits and runs batted in from all nine positions in the batting order. The team ended up with a total of 17 hits and came out with a 12-2 win over the Cardinals.

In the first inning, the Mets scored twice against St. Louis starter Bob Gibson. Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson led off with back-to-back doubles for the first run of the game. A single by Ed Kranepool brought home Dave Marshall for another run. Mets' starter Tom Seaver retired the Cards in order in the bottom of the inning and did so again in the second.

Kranepool singled home Marshall for the second time to extend the Met lead to 3-0 in the top of the third inning. The Cardinals got a run in the bottom half on a double by Matty Alou that scored Julian Javier. Seaver then retired Ted Simmons on a pop-up to catcher Jerry Grote for the final out of the inning.

Bob Aspromonte singled off Gibson to begin the top of the fourth. Grote followed with a double that brought home Aspromonte and later came home on Gibson's wild pitch with two out. Marshall hit a double to score Harrelson and came home on Cleon Jones' single that ensued. With the Mets ahead, 7-1, Gibson was replaced by St. Louis reliever George Brunet.

Seaver retired the Cards in order in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Agee homered off St Louis's Fred Norman for another Met run. Tom then pitched his third straight perfect inning in the bottom half.

In the seventh inning, Kranepool got a leadoff single and went to second base on Norman's wild pitch. Tim Foli doubled to score Kranepool and went to third on catcher Simmons' passed ball. Foli later came home on Seaver's single and Norman's second wild pitch plated Grote for the Mets' eleventh run of the game. Cardinals' reliever Chuck Taylor finished off the inning with a double play grounder from Harrelson.

The Mets scored again the the top of the eighth on Aspromonte's single that brought home Kranepool. The hit was the 17th of the game for New York. Seaver retired the Redbirds in order in the bottom half and the Cards' Moe Drabowsky pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Alou led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by Simmons. Seaver went on to finish the inning with no further scoring. The Mets had a decisive victory on Tom's complete game and a solid hitting attack.