August 16, 1974: Mets Defeat Reds in 12 Innings

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Date: August 16, 1974
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Duffy Dyer, Rusty Staub
Key play: Dyer’s and Staub’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. In 12 innings, the Mets came away with a 2-1 win.

Jerry Koosman and the Reds’ Tom Carroll each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Tom Carroll shut down the Mets again in the top of the sixth and Johnny Bench got a bunt single to lead off the bottom half. Tony Perez flied out to right fielder Rusty Staub and a single by Dave Concepcion advanced Bench to third base. Concepcion stole second and George Foster flied out to Staub. Merv Rettenmund singled to score Bench and give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Koosman then got Bill Plummer to fly out to center fielder Don Hahn and end the inning.

Tom Carroll surrendered only a walk to Koosman in the top of the seventh. Jerry hurled a perfect bottom half and John Milner singled against Tom Carroll to begin the top of the eighth. Milner stole second base and Cincinnati reliever Tom Hall struck out Staub. Pinch-hitter Cleon Jones went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Duffy Dyer singled to bring home Milner with the tying run. Hall retired Jerry Grote on a fly ball to left fielder Pete Rose to close out the inning. Koosman then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hall set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Bob Miller retired all three batters on infield grounders in the bottom of the inning and the Reds’ Clay Carroll hurled a scoreless top of the 10th. Joe Morgan hit a single to begin the bottom half. Bench lined out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a sacrifice bunt by Darrel Chaney advanced Morgan to second base. Concepcion was given an intentional walk and Miller struck out Foster to finish off the inning. Clay Carroll yielded just a single to Wayne Garrett in the top of the 11th. New York’s Tug McGraw then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Harrelson singled against Cincinnati reliever Will McEnaney to lead off the top of the 12th. Bud moved to second base on Felix Millan’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Milner’s ground out to first baseman Dan Driessen. Staub followed with a single to drive home Harrelson and put the Mets ahead by a run. McEnaney then retired Jones on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Geronimo to end the inning.

Bench doubled to open the bottom of the 12th. Chaney hit a ground ball on which McGraw threw to third baseman Garrett for an out on Bench. Concepcion popped out to Harrelson and a walk to Foster ensued. McGraw then got Geronimo on a grounder back to the mound for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.