August 16, 1969: Grote's Single Gives Mets DH Sweep

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Date: August 16, 1969
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tug McGraw, Cleon Jones, Jerry Grote
Key play: Jones’ home run, Grote’s single

The Mets and Padres faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Jerry Grote’s run-scoring single in the seventh inning lifted the Mets to a 2-1 win over San Diego.

Following a scoreless first inning, Larry Stahl homered with two outs in the top of the second for a 1-0 Padres lead. Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew struck out Ed Spiezio to end the inning and San Diego’s Dick Kelley pitched a perfect bottom half. McAndrew and Kelley each set down the side in order in the third and Ollie Brown got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Al Ferrara was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee. McAndrew then fanned Ivan Murrell for the inning’s third out.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Cleon Jones hit a home run to tie the game. Donn Clendenon went down on strikes and Ron Swoboda grounded out to third baseman Spiezio. Ed Charles flied out to left fielder Ferrara to end the inning and McAndrew gave up just a walk to Spiezio in the top of the fifth. Kelley shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Jose Arcia got a bunt single to open the top of the sixth. McAndrew retired the next three Padres hitters to close out the inning and Jones hit a one-out double in the bottom half. With Clendenon at bat, Cleon was caught by Kelley’s pickoff throw and tagged out by shortstop Roberto Pena. Kelley then fanned Clendenon for the final out of the inning.

McAndrew hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. To open the bottom of the inning, Swoboda reached third base on an error by San Diego reliever Gary Ross. Pinch-hitter Wayne Garrett was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Stahl. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool grounded out to Stahl and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Bud Harrelson followed. Grote (the Mets’ fourth straight pinch-hitter) came up to face the Padres’ Dave Roberts. Jerry delivered a single that brought home Swoboda for a one-run New York lead. Roberts was then relieved by San Diego’s Jack Baldschun, who struck out Agee to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw pitched a perfect top of the eighth. For the Padres, reliever Frank Reberger yielded only a single to Clendenon in the bottom half. Brown grounded back to McGraw to open the top of the ninth. Ferrara singled and Murrell flied out to Agee. Tug then struck out pinch-hitter Nate Colbert to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.