August 18, 1971: Mets Defeat Dodgers in 10 Innings

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Date: August 18, 1971
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Cleon Jones, Ken Singleton
Key play: Jones’ triple, Singleton’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with a 3-2 win.

Ray Sadecki and the Dodgers’ Don Sutton each started the game with two scoreless pitched. Sadecki hit a single with one out in the top of the third. Bud Harrelson followed with a force play ground ball back to Sutton and a single by Wayne Garrett ensued. Cleon Jones tripled to drive home Harrelson and Garrett for a 2-0 Mets lead. Sutton struck out Ed Kranepool to end the inning. Sadecki then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Both Sadecki and Sutton hurled scoreless and hitless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Sutton pitched a perfect top of the eighth and Duke Sims got a one-out single against Sadecki in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Bill Sudakis followed with a single to left field. Maury Wills hit a double to score Sims and advance pinch-runner Bill Russell to third base. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella retired Manny Mota on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson that brought home Russell with the tying run. Frisella then struck out Willie Davis to finish off the inning.

Dodgers’ reliever Jim Brewer set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Wes Parker drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Jim Lefebvre went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Bill Buckner singled to send Parker to third base. Frisella fanned Sims to end the inning and Tommie Agee hit a one-out double in the top of the 10th. Ken Singleton singled to score Agee and put the Mets ahead by a run. On his own hit, Singleton got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by second baseman Lefebvre. Jerry Grote hit a single to left field. Brewer then got Frisella to ground out to Lefebvre and end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Willie Crawford doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Wills grounded out to Frisella to advance Crawford to third base and Mota was struck out. Frisella then retired pinch-hitter Tom Haller on a fly ball to left fielder Jones for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the series.