April 30, 1969: Seaver and Boswell Put Away Expos

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Date: April 30, 1969
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Ken Boswell
Key play: Kranepool’s sacrifice fly, Boswell’s single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Jarry Park. Tom Seaver pitched a five-hitter and Ken Boswell hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 2-1 Mets win.

Expos’ starter Mike Wegener retired the side in order in the top of the first. Manny Mota singled with one out in the bottom half. Rusty Staub drew a walk and Mack Jones was called out on strikes. Donn Clendenon got a single on his ground ball that hit Mota for the third out. Cleon Jones tripled to lead off the top of the second. Ed Kranepool followed with a sacrifice fly to score Cleon Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ron Swoboda popped out to first baseman Clendenon and a strikeout of J. C. Martin ended the inning. Seaver then set down all three batters on infield grounders in the bottom half.

Wegener pitched a perfect top of the third. Seaver surrendered only a walk to Maury Wills in the bottom of the inning and Wegener retired the Mets 1-2-3 again in the top of the fourth. Mack Jones hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Clendenon singled and Coco Laboy was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones. Seaver then got Gary Sutherland to ground out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and finish off the inning.

Kranepool singled to open the top of the fifth. Swoboda flied out to right fielder Staub and a pop-up by Martin was caught by second baseman Sutherland. Kevin Collins hit a double and Seaver drew a walk to load the bases. Harrelson grounded back to Wegener for the inning’s third out and Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half. Wegener set down the side in order in the top of the sixth and Staub walked with one out in the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch moved Staub to second base and Mack Jones lined out to Harrelson. Seaver then retired Clendenon on a fly ball to center fielder Rod Gaspar to close out the inning.

Wegener hurled a perfect top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, John Bateman hit a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Wegener popped out to Seaver to end the inning and retired the Mets in order once again in the top of the eighth. Seaver pitched a perfect bottom half and a single by Gaspar began the top of the ninth. Gaspar stole second base and came home on Boswell’s single for a one-run New York lead. On his own hit, Boswell was out at second via a throw by Staub to shortstop Wills. Cleon Jones was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Laboy. Wegener then got Kranepool to pop out to Clendenon and finish off the inning.

Mack Jones lined out to Cleon Jones to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Clendenon went down on strikes. Seaver then fanned Laboy to end the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.