July 19, 1970: Foy Leads Mets to DH Split

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Date: July 19, 1970
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 7
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Ron Swoboda, John Stephenson, Joe Foy
Key play: Stephenson’s single, Foy’s home run in 10th

The Mets faced the Giants in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the Mets were in search of a split in the second game. Joe Foy collected five hits and five RBIs in a 7-6 Mets win in 10 innings.

Giants’ starter Skip Pitlock pitched a scoreless top of the first. With one out in the bottom half, Ron Hunt homered against the Mets’ Jerry Koosman for the first run of the game. Willie Mays grounded out to second baseman Ted Martinez and consecutive singles by Dick Dietz and Jim Ray Hart followed. Frank Johnson reached on third baseman Foy’s error to drive home Dietz and send Hart to third base. Hart scored on a wild pitch and Bob Taylor drew a walk. Hal Lanier hit a single to score Frank Johnson for a 4-0 Giants lead. Koosman then struck out Pitlock to end the inning.

Ron Swoboda hit a home run to lead off the top of the second. Foy doubled and Pitlock fanned the next three Mets batters to close out the inning. Koosman hurled a perfect bottom half and Pitlock yielded only a single to Martinez in the top of the third. Koosman retired the Giants in order in the bottom of the inning and Swoboda singled against Pitlock to begin the top of the fourth. Foy slugged a two-run homer to cut the San Francisco lead to 4-3. Duffy Dyer drew a walk and Giants’ reliever Jerry Johnson struck out three straight hitters to finish off the inning. Koosman then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Ken Singleton drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Donn Clendenon hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Lanier and advanced to third base on a single by Swoboda. Foy singled to score Clendenon and tie the game at 4-4. Dyer hit a force play grounder to Lanier that ended the inning and Koosman set down the side in order in the bottom half. Jerry Johnson pitched a perfect top of the sixth and Dietz singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Hart reached on Foy’s error and Frank Johnson was called out on strikes. Bob Taylor singled to load the bases and Lanier fouled out to first baseman Clendenon. Koosman then got Jerry Johnson on a force play ground ball to shortstop Martinez (who had shifted from second) for the inning’s final out.

Singleton walked with one out in the top of the seventh. Clendenon hit a single and Swoboda flied out to left fielder Bob Taylor. Foy singled to drive home Singleton and put the Mets ahead by a run. On Joe’s hit, center fielder Mays made an error that allowed Clendenon to score for a 6-4 New York lead. Jerry Johnson fanned Dyer to close out the inning. Koosman then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Jerry Johnson held the Mets to a double by Wayne Garrett in the top of the eighth. Dietz walked against Koosman to begin the bottom of the inning. Al Gallagher singled and Frank Johnson went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Ken Henderson hit a single to load the bases and Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw retired pinch-hitter Bob Heise on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee. McGraw struck out pinch-hitter Tito Fuentes to end the inning. San Francisco reliever Don McMahon then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Bobby Bonds drew a walk against McGraw to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Hunt was struck out and Mays drew a walk. Dietz went down on strikes and Gallagher walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter John Stephenson hit a single off the Mets’ Ron Taylor to score Bonds and Mays, tying the game at 6-6. Henderson was given an intentional walk that loaded the bases once again. Ron Taylor then got Heise to hit a force play grounder to Martinez for the inning’s third out.

Leading off the top of the 10th, Foy connected for his second homer (and fifth hit) of the game to put the Mets back in front by a run. Dyer went down on strikes and Garrett fouled out to catcher Dietz. McMahon recorded an inning-ending strikeout of Ron Taylor, who fanned pinch-hitter Don Mason to start the bottom half. Bonds was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Singleton. Hunt then grounded back to Ron Taylor for the final out of the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a split of the doubleheader on Foy’s solid hitting.