August 3, 1969: Mets Come Back, Beat Braves in 11
|Date: August 3, 1969|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor|
|Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Ron Taylor, Jerry Grote|
|Key play: Jones’ single, Grote’s home run|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Trailing by five runs, the Mets came back to tie and emerged with a 6-5 win in 11 innings over Atlanta.
Gary Gentry and the Braves’ Milt Pappas each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Leading off the top of the third, Bob Tillman homered for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Gil Garrido grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a strikeout of Pappas followed. Gentry retired Felipe Alou on a pop-up to second baseman Wayne Garrett for the third out of the inning. Pappas then hurled a perfect bottom half.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Pappas singled against Gentry to begin the top of the sixth. Alou hit a single and Felix Millan followed with a single on which left fielder Ron Swoboda made an error that allowed Pappas to come home. Hank Aaron was walked intentionally to load the bases and advanced to third base on Tony Gonzalez’s single that scored Alou and Millan. Bob Aspromonte hit a sacrifice fly off Mets’ reliever Don Cardwell to bring home Aaron and extend the Braves’ lead to 5-0. Mike Lum hit a force play ground ball to Garrett. Cardwell then got Tillman to ground out to Harrelson and end the inning.
Tommie Agee doubled against Pappas to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Agee moved to third base on Ed Kranepool’s ground out to second baseman Millan and scored on a single by Garrett. Against Atlanta reliever Cecil Upshaw, pinch-hitter Art Shamsky singled and Rod Gaspar got a bunt single to load the bases. Jerry Grote reached on an error by Millan to drive home Garrett. Pinch-hitter Cleon Jones hit a single that plated Shamsky and Gaspar with Grote advancing to third. Harrelson followed with a sacrifice fly off the Braves’ Paul Doyle to score Grote and tie the game at 5-5. Doyle then retired Bobby Pfeil on a fly ball to left fielder Lum to finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jack DiLauro pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Doyle set down the side in order in the bottom half and DiLauro surrendered just a walk to Gonzalez in the top of the eighth. Doyle yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon in the bottom of the inning and New York’s Ron Taylor retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom half, Pfeil singled and Agee drew a walk. Doyle got Kranepool to line out to Millan, who then threw to first baseman Orlando Cepeda for an out on Agee and an inning-ending double play.
Taylor gave up only a single to Alou in the top of the 10th. Atlanta reliever Claude Raymond hurled a perfect bottom half and Taylor held the Braves to a single by Gonzalez in the top of the 11th. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Grote slugged a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to complete a three-game series sweep.