August 17, 1969: Three-Run 7th Gives Mets Sweep

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Date: August 17, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Bud Harrelson, J. C. Martin
Key play: Harrelson’s triple, Martin’s sacrifice fly

The Mets and Padres faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in the second game. Scoring three runs in the seventh inning, the Mets came away with a 3-2 win over San Diego.

Don Cardwell and the Padres’ Clay Kirby each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Kirby hit a single with one out in the top of the seventh. Jose Arcia reached on first baseman Ed Kranepool’s error and Cardwell got Walt Hriniak to hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Wayne Garrett that ended the inning. Kranepool singled and Jerry Grote drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Bud Harrelson followed with a triple to drive home pinch-runner Al Weis and Grote. Against San Diego reliever Gary Ross, pinch-hitter J. C. Martin hit a sacrifice fly to score Harrelson and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Ross then struck out Tommie Agee and retired Bobby Pfeil on a grounder to shortstop Tommy Dean to finish off the inning.

Facing Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce to begin the top of the eighth, Ollie Brown reached on an error by first baseman Donn Clendenon. Al Ferrara singled and Larry Stahl hit a single to bring home Brown. Ivan Murrell’s sacrifice bunt against New York’s Ron Taylor moved pinch-runner John Sipin to third base and Stahl to second. Ed Spiezio grounded out to Garrett to score Sipin with the Padres’ second run of the game. Taylor retired pinch-hitter Roberto Pena on an inning-ending foul pop-up to Clendenon. Ross then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Cito Gaston grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Arcia followed with an infield single. Hriniak then grounded back to Taylor for a double play that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of a doubleheader for the second straight day.