August 23, 1969: Grote's Double in 9th Beats Dodgers
|Date: August 23, 1969|
|Mets starter: Don Cardwell|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor|
|Key player(s): Art Shamsky, Jerry Grote|
|Key play: Shamsky’s home run, Grote’s double|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jerry Grote hit a run-scoring double in the ninth inning for a 3-2 Mets win over Los Angeles.
Following a scoreless first, Mets’ starter Don Cardwell gave up only a single to Willie Crawford in the top of the second. Ken Boswell drew a walk against the Dodgers’ Jim Bunning with one out in the bottom half. Boswell stole second base and Ron Swoboda went down on strikes. Grote singled to drive home Boswell for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bunning then retired Bud Harrelson on a ground ball to second baseman Ted Sizemore to close out the inning.
Manny Mota drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Willie Davis singled to advance Mota to third base and Wes Parker was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones. Bunning yielded just a single to Bobby Pfeil in the bottom half and Cardwell pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Art Shamsky homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Boswell hit a single and Swoboda followed with a double play grounder to third baseman Jim Lefebvre. Grote singled and Bunning got Harrelson to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Maury Wills that finished off the inning.
Cardwell and Bunning each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Mota singled against Cardwell with two outs in the top of the eighth. Davis hit a triple to drive home Mota and came home on Jones’ error to tie the game at 2-2. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor retired Parker on a grounder to second baseman Boswell for the inning’s third out and singled off Los Angeles’s Jim Brewer to begin the bottom half. Tommie Agee got a bunt single and Pfeil hit a force play grounder to Lefebvre. Brewer then got Jones on a ground ball to Wills for a double play to end the inning.
Taylor set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Rod Gaspar was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Parker. Grote came to bat and delivered a double to score Clendenon with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory.