July 18, 1970: Mets Come Back With 3-Run 9th

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Date: July 18, 1970
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Ken Singleton, Donn Clendenon, Cleon Jones
Key play: Singleton’s and Clendenon’s singles in 9th, Jones’ sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series following the All-Star Break. The Mets scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 comeback win.

Ray Sadecki and the Dodgers’ Claude Osteen each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Osteen shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth and Jim Lefebvre doubled to lead off the bottom half. Steve Garvey hit a single and advanced to third base on a double by Ted Sizemore that brought home Lefebvre. Sizemore moved to third on Jeff Torborg’s ground out to Sadecki and scored on Osteen’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. Sadecki then retired Billy Grabarkewitz on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee to close out the inning.

Donn Clendenon drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Cleon Jones hit a force play grounder to second baseman Lefebvre and went to third base on Joe Foy’s ensuing double. Jerry Grote walked to load the bases and Ted Martinez grounded out to first baseman Wes Parker to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Parker doubled to left field. Andy Kosco went down on strikes and a double by Lefebvre drove home Parker with the third Los Angeles run. Sadecki then got Garvey to fly out to right fielder Ken Singleton and finish off the inning.

Agee got a one-out single against Osteen in the top of the seventh. Tommie advanced to third base on Bud Harrelson’s single and scored the Mets’ first run of the game on a single by Singleton. Dodgers’ reliever Jim Brewer got Clendenon to hit a ground ball to Lefebvre for an inning-ending double play. New York’s Danny Frisella pitched a perfect bottom half and Brewer set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Frisella then gave up only a single to Grabarkewitz in the bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda singled against Brewer to open the top of the ninth. Agee singled to send Swoboda to third base and Harrelson was struck out. Singleton singled to score Swoboda and cut the Los Angeles lead to 3-2. Clendenon hit a single against Dodgers’ reliever Jose Pena to plate Agee with the tying run and advance Singleton to third. Jones followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Singleton and put the Mets ahead by a run. Pena then threw a called third strike past Foy for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor retired Kosco on a fly ball to left fielder Jones to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Lefebvre also flied out to Jones. Taylor then got Garvey on a grounder to third baseman Foy to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.