July 13, 1969: Kranepool's RBIs Lift Mets Over Expos

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Date: July 13, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool’s sacrifice fly and double

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the first game of the twinbill at Shea Stadium in front of 40,653 fans on hand. Ed Kranepool drove in the tying and winning runs to give the Mets a 4-3 victory over Montreal.

Jerry Koosman and the Expos’ Jerry Robertson each retired the side in order in the first inning. Koosman set down all three Montreal batters in the top of the second and Cleon Jones doubled to lead off the bottom half. Art Shamsky hit a single to score Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kranepool hit a double play ground ball to first baseman Bob Bailey and a walk to J. C. Martin ensued. Robertson then struck out Al Weis to end the inning.

Bobby Wine drew a walk with one out in the top of the third. Robertson reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and Adolfo Phillips singled to load the bases. Rusty Staub followed with a single that drove home Wine and Robertson for a 2-1 Expos lead. Bailey was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. Koosman then retired Coco Laboy on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee for the inning’s final out.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Bobby Pfeil reached on an error by shortstop Wine. Pfeil advanced to third base on a single by Wayne Garrett and scored the tying run on catcher John Bateman’s passed ball. Jones drew a walk and Art Shamsky grounded out to second baseman Gary Sutherland to finish off the inning. Koosman hurled a perfect top of the fourth and Robertson yielded only a single to Kranepool in the bottom half. In the top of the fifth, Koosman set down three straight batters after a leadoff walk to Wine. Robertson then retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Laboy and Jose Herrera got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the sixth. Sutherland doubled to score Laboy and put the Expos ahead, 3-2. Bateman was walked intentionally and Wine went down on strikes. Robertson flied out to right fielder Shamsky to end the inning and a single by Jones opened the bottom half. Cleon moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Shamsky’s single. Kranepool hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jones and retie the game. Martin was struck out and Weis singled to left field. Robertson then fanned Koosman for the final out of the inning.

Koosman gave up just a single to Phillips in the top of the seventh. Robertson limited the Mets to a single by Agee in the bottom half. Herrera hit a single to begin the top of the eighth inning. Koosman retired the next three hitters and Robertson walked Shamsky to open the bottom half. An ensuing double by Kranepool brought home pinch-runner Bud Harrelson, and put the Mets ahead by a run. Montreal reliever Dan McGinn then struck out the next three New York batters to finish off the inning.

Ron Brand flied out to Agee to lead off the top of the ninth. Phillips went down on strikes. Koosman then got Staub to fly out to Agee and end the game. The Mets had a win to start the doubleheader.