August 10, 1970: Eleven Walks Lead to Rout of Pirates

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Date: August 10, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 10
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Tommie Agee, Tom Seaver
Key play: Al Oliver’s error, Agee’s single and triple, Mets’ walks

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets drew a total of eleven walks in a 10-2 win over the Bucs.

Following a nearly half-hour delay due to inoperative lighting at new Three Rivers Stadium, Bud Harrelson walked with one out in the top of the first inning. Ken Boswell fouled out to third baseman Jose Pagan and a single by Donn Clendenon followed. On Clendenon’s hit, Harrelson tried to advance to third base. Center fielder Matty Alou’s throw to Pagan caught Harrelson for the final out of the inning.

Freddie Patek drew a walk to open the bottom of the first. Alou lined out to right fielder Dave Marshall and a walk to Roberto Clemente ensued. Al Oliver hit a double to drive home Patek and advance Clemente to third base. Willie Stargell was walked intentionally to load the bases and Manny Sanguillen hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Boswell that scored Clemente for the Pirates’ second run. Mets’ starter Tom Seaver then got Pagan to ground out to third baseman Wayne Garrett and end the inning.

Cleon Jones doubled against the Bucs’ Dock Ellis to lead off the top of the second. Marshall popped out to shortstop Patek and a walk to Garrett followed. Jerry Grote singled to load the bases and Seaver reached on first baseman Oliver’s error that allowed Jones and Garrett to score the tying runs. Tommie Agee singled to bring home Grote and put the Mets ahead. Harrelson hit a single to reload the bases and Boswell drew a walk to force home Seaver. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Clendenon scored Agee for a 5-2 Mets lead. Ellis retired Jones on an inning-ending ground ball to Patek. Seaver then limited the Pirates to a single by pinch-hitter Gene Clines in the bottom half.

Marshall singled against Pittsburgh reliever Dick Colpaert to begin the top of the third inning. Garrett flied out to Alou and a walk to Grote ensued. Seaver was struck out and Agee tripled to drive home Marshall and Grote. Colpaert retired Harrelson on a line drive to second baseman Bill Mazeroski that closed out the inning. Seaver then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Clendenon drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. A wild pitch moved Clendenon to second base and Jones drew a walk. Colpaert was replaced on the mound by Pirates’ reliever Jim Nelson, who issued a walk to Marshall to load the bases. Garrett walked to force home Clendenon and a sacrifice fly by Grote plated Jones for a 9-2 Mets lead. Nelson walked Seaver to load the bases again and struck out Agee to end the inning. Seaver then set down the Bucs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

On a single and their tenth and eleventh walks of the game, the Mets loaded the bases again with two outs in the top of the fifth. Nelson retired Garrett on an inning-ending fly ball to Alou and the Pirates were retired in order by Seaver in the bottom half. Pittsburgh reliever Joe Gibbon hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Oliver singled to center field. A passed ball allowed Oliver to advance to second base and Stargell went down on strikes. Seaver then got Sanguillen on a grounder to Garrett for the third out.

Clendenon homered for the Mets’ tenth run with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Jones reached on an error by Patek. Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda followed with a ground ball to Patek for a double play that ended the inning and Seaver pitched a perfect bottom half. Gibbon set down all three New York batters in the top of the eighth and Seaver gave up just a single to Clemente in the bottom of the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Gibbon in the top of the ninth.

Stargell hit a single to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Sanguillen was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson. Seaver then got Pagan to hit a grounder to Boswell for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory and a split of the four-game series at the new stadium in Pittsburgh.