April 27, 1969: Jones' Homer Gives Mets Split
|Date: April 27, 1969|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tug McGraw, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones’ home run|
The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Cleon Jones homered in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 3-0 win over Chicago.
Jim McAndrew and the Cubs’ Rich Nye each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. McAndrew yielded singles to Adolfo Phillips and Billy Williams while Nye gave up a single to Rod Gaspar and a double to Jerry Grote. The pitchers also issued two walks apiece and each recorded a double play during the five innings.
Nye reached on second baseman Ken Boswell’s error to lead off the top of the sixth. Don Kessinger singled to advance Nye to third base and Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets. With Glenn Beckert at bat, Kessinger went to second on catcher Grote’s passed ball. Beckert grounded out to McGraw and a fly ball by Williams was caught by left fielder Jones. McGraw struck out Ron Santo to end the inning. Nye then hurled a perfect bottom half.
McGraw held the Cubs to a single by Ernie Banks in the top of the seventh. Nye gave up just a single to Jones in the bottom of the inning and Tug recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect top of the eighth. Nye set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Williams hit a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. On McGraw’s third strike to Santo, Williams was caught stealing second base via a throw by Grote to Boswell for a double play. Banks doubled and Randy Hundley was given an intentional walk. McGraw then got Jim Hickman to fly out to center fielder Gaspar and finish off the inning.
To begin the bottom of the ninth, Gaspar reached second base on an error by left fielder Williams. Boswell was walked intentionally and Ed Charles fouled out to third baseman Santo. Jones came to bat and slugged a three-run homer to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.