August 24, 1969: Mets Complete Sweep of Dodgers

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Date: August 24, 1969
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Cal Koonce
Key player(s): Ron Swoboda, Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones, Cal Koonce
Key play: Swoboda’s three-run double in 7th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 7-4 win over Los Angeles that finished off a series sweep.

Mets’ starter Gary Gentry pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Bobby Pfeil singled off the Dodgers’ Don Sutton with one out in the bottom half. A single by Cleon Jones advanced Pfeil to third base and Art Shamsky flied out to left fielder Manny Mota. Ken Boswell drew a walk to load the bases. Sutton issued a walk to Ron Swoboda that forced home Pfeil with the first run of the game. Jerry Grote then popped out to second baseman Ted Sizemore to end the inning.

In the top of the second, Willie Crawford got a two-out single to right field. Crawford stole second base and came around to score on a double by Sizemore. Sutton popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson to end the inning and set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the third, Willie Davis singled and Wes Parker hit a home run for a 3-1 Los Angeles lead. Gentry retired Tom Haller on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Boswell. Sutton then held the Mets to a double by Jones in a scoreless bottom half.

Gentry pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Swoboda and Grote got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the inning. Harrelson hit into a force play on which Swoboda was out at third base. On Gentry’s ensuing bunt, first baseman Parker made an error that allowed Grote to score from second. Sutton then threw a called third strike past Tommie Agee and retired Pfeil on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

Sutton singled and moved to second on a wild pitch to begin the top of the fifth inning. Maury Wills’ ground out to Boswell advanced Sutton to third base and Mota flied out to right fielder Swoboda. Davis hit a single to drive home Sutton and extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. Gentry walked Parker and Mets’ reliever Jack DiLauro got Haller to fly out to center fielder Agee and end the inning. Sutton then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

DiLauro issued a one-out walk to Crawford in the top of the sixth. Sizemore followed with a single on which right fielder Swoboda threw to third baseman Pfeil for an out on Crawford. Sutton flied out to left fielder Jones to end the inning. Grote singled and advanced to second on Mota’s error to begin the bottom half. Harrelson fouled out to catcher Haller and pinch-hitter J. C. Martin struck out. Agee doubled to score Grote with the Mets’ third run. Sutton then got Pfeil on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Jim Lefebvre.

Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Jones and Shamsky singled off Sutton to open the bottom half. Boswell got a bunt single off the Dodgers’ Jim Brewer to load the bases. Swoboda hit a double to drive home all three runners and put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Grote singled to score Swoboda for the seventh New York run. Los Angeles reliever Pete Mikkelsen came in to pitch and set down the next three batters to close out the inning. Koonce limited the Dodgers to a double by Lefebvre in the top of the eighth. Mikkelsen then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Koonce threw a called third strike past Sizemore to start the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Les Gabrielson grounded out to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Wills then hit a ground ball to Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series to conclude a home stand with nine wins in ten games.