August 12, 1972: Mays and Agee Slug Cubs

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Date: August 12, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tommie Agee, Tug McGraw
Key play: Mays’ and Agee’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Home runs by Willie Mays and Tommie Agee gave the Mets a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

Tom Seaver and the Cubs’ Burt Hooton each pitched five scoreless innings to start the game. Seaver fanned six batters and yielded two singles while Hooton allowed four singles and recorded four strikeouts. Leading off the top of the sixth, Mays homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Cleon Jones grounded out to shortstop Don Kessinger and a walk to John Milner followed. Ken Boswell hit a ground ball to first baseman Jim Hickman for an inning-ending double play and Jose Cardenal got a leadoff double in the bottom half. Billy Williams grounded out to second baseman Boswell to send Cardenal to third base and Hickman was struck out. Ron Santo doubled to score Cardenal and tie the game. Seaver then struck out Rick Monday to finish off the inning.

Hooton held the Mets to a single by Duffy Dyer in the top of the seventh. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half and Mays hit a one-out double in the top of the eighth. Jones grounded out to second baseman Paul Popovich to advance Mays to third base and Milner drew a walk. Boswell was retired on a grounder to Popovich to close out the inning and Williams doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Seaver got Hickman on a fly ball to right fielder Agee that ended the inning and Hooton set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Seaver then retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom half to send the game onward.

To begin the top of the 10th, Agee slugged a homer against Hooton to put the Mets ahead by a run. Wayne Garrett went down on strikes and Mays hit a double to center field. Cubs’ reliever Jack Aker retired Jones on a fly ball to right fielder Cardenal. Chicago’s Steve Hamilton then threw a called third strike past Milner to close out the inning.

Popovich tripled against Seaver to open the bottom of the 10th. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw got pinch-hitter Tommy Davis to pop out to Boswell and retired Kessinger on a ground ball to third baseman Garrett. McGraw then got Cardenal on a fly ball to center fielder Mays for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.