July 13, 1969: Mets Come Back for DH Sweep

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Date: July 13, 1969
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 9
Expos: 7
Winning pitcher: Cal Koonce
Key player(s): Ed Charles, Tommie Agee, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Charles’ single, Agee’s home runs, Swoboda’s single

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Coming from behind, the Mets came away with a 9-7 win over Montreal.

Ty Cline drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning. A balk advanced Cline to second base and Kevin Collins went down on strikes. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer and Mack Jones lined out to center fielder Tommie Agee. Mets’ starter Nolan Ryan fanned Bob Bailey for the third out and Agee homered against the Expos’ Howie Reed to begin the bottom half. Bobby Pfeil drew a walk and Wayne Garrett flied out to left fielder Mack Jones. Cleon Jones followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Bobby Wine. Reed then retired Art Shamsky on a grounder to first baseman Bailey to end the inning.

Ryan set down the side on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the top of the second. Ed Kranepool singled to open the bottom half. Jerry Grote grounded back to Reed and a double by Al Weis drove home Kranepool with the tying run. Reed struck out Ryan and got Agee on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cline, who walked with one out in the top of the third. Cline stole second base and Collins was called out on strikes. Staub singled to score Cline for a 3-2 Montreal lead. Mack Jones flied out to Agee to finish off the inning and Cleon Jones hit a two-out single in the bottom half. With Shamsky at bat, Cleon was caught stealing on Bateman’s throw to Wine for the third out. Cleon was then ejected from the game by umpire Frank Dezelan following an argument.

Coco Laboy doubled with one out in the top of the fourth inning. Ron Brand singled to advance Laboy to third base. Wine got a bunt single to bring home Laboy with the Expos’ fourth run of the game. On the play, first baseman Kranepool made an error that allowed Brand to go to third and Wine to second. Reed drew a walk to load the bases. Cline followed with a single that plated Brand and Wine, increasing the Montreal lead to 6-2. Ryan was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Jack DiLauro, who got Collins to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Weis. Staub reached on an error by Weis to load the bases once again. DiLauro then got Mack Jones on a force play grounder to second baseman Garrett for the inning’s final out.

Shamsky and Kranepool got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the fourth. Grote went down on strikes and Weis got a bunt single to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Ed Charles singled to drive home Shamsky and Kranepool. Agee followed with a three-run homer against Expos’ reliever Dick Radatz to put the Mets ahead, 7-6. Pfeil was retired on a line drive to right fielder Staub. Radatz then threw a called third strike past Garrett to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Radatz set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Cline tripled with one out in the top of the sixth. Collins drew a walk and Staub hit a force play grounder to Garrett that plated Cline with the tying run. Koonce retired Mack Jones on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Shamsky. Montreal reliever Dan McGinn then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Koonce shut down the Expos in the top of the seventh. Agee drew a leadoff walk against McGinn in the bottom of the inning. Pfeil flied out to Cline and a single by Garrett advanced Agee to third base. Ron Swoboda hit a single to score Agee and give the Mets an 8-7 lead. Shamsky singled to load the bases and Expos’ reliever Roy Face struck out pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon. Face then retired Grote on a fly ball to Mack Jones that ended the inning.

Koonce pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Agee got a two-out single in the bottom half. Pfeil reached on an error by Wine and a single by Garrett drove home Agee with the Mets’ ninth run. Swoboda drew a walk that loaded the bases and Face fanned Shamsky for the third out of the inning. To begin the top of the ninth, New York reliever Ron Taylor issued a walk to pinch-hitter Adolfo Phillips. Taylor retired Staub on a fly ball to Agee and got Mack Jones to ground out to Garrett. Ron then struck out Bailey to bring the game to an end. The Mets had emerged with a comeback victory for a sweep of the doubleheader.