August 30, 1969: Clendenon's Homer in 10th Beats Giants

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Date: August 30, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Ken Boswell, Donn Clendenon, Rod Gaspar
Key play: Double plays in 8th and 9th, Clendenon’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Candlestick Park. Donn Clendenon hit a home run in the 10th inning for a 3-2 win Mets win.

Following a scoreless first, Ken Boswell singled against Giants’ starter Gaylord Perry to lead off the top of the second. A passed ball by catcher Dick Dietz advanced Boswell to second base and Ron Swoboda was called out on strikes. Jerry Grote reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Bud Harrelson hit a single to drive home Boswell. Perry struck out Don Cardwell and retired Tommie Agee on a grounder to shortstop Hal Lanier to end the inning. Cardwell then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After setting down the Mets in order in the top of the third, Perry singled to open the bottom of the inning. Don Mason hit a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson and advanced to second base on Ron Hunt’s ground out to third baseman Bobby Pfeil. Bob Burda drew a walk and Willie McCovey walked to load the bases. Bobby Bonds drew a walk to force home Mason and tie the game at 1-1. Dave Marshall then grounded back to Cardwell for the final out of the inning.

Perry held the Mets to a single by Boswell in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom half, Perry singled to center field. Mason drew a walk and Hunt got an infield single to load the bases. Cardwell got Burda on a pop-up to Pfeil that closed out the inning and Agee hit a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Pfeil was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Marshall. Agee stole second base and moved to third on an error by Dietz. Clendenon took a called third strike to finish off the inning. Cardwell then set down all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half.

Boswell doubled with one out in the top of the sixth. Swoboda went down on strikes and Grote singled to score Boswell with the go-ahead run. Harrelson grounded out to second baseman Hunt to end the inning and Cardwell hurled a perfect bottom half. Perry retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Hunt was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the inning. Burda popped out to second baseman Boswell and a double by McCovey brought home Hunt, tying the game at 2-2. Cardwell then retired Bonds on a foul pop-up to Harrelson to finish off the inning.

Perry pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Dietz drew a walk against Cardwell with one out in the bottom half. Lanier singled and Perry reached on Boswell’s error to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor got pinch-hitter Jim Davenport to pop out to Boswell. On the play, pinch-runner Ken Henderson was out via a throw by first baseman Clendenon to Grote for a double play that ended the inning. Perry gave up just a double to Swoboda in the top of the ninth and Burda hit a one-out single against New York’s Tug McGraw in the bottom half. McCovey followed with a double on which Burda tried to score. Left fielder Rod Gaspar made a throw on which Grote tagged Burda for an out at the plate. Grote sent the ball to the mound, from where Clendenon threw to Pfeil for an out on McCovey to complete an inning-ending double play.

With two outs in the top of the 10th, Clendenon homered to give the Mets a one-run lead. Perry retired Gaspar on a grounder to Lanier for the inning’s third out and Bonds went down on strikes to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jim Ray Hart grounded out to Boswell. McGraw then got pinch-hitter Bobby Etheridge to fly out to right fielder Swoboda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.