July 2, 1969: Mets Defeat Cards in 14 Innings
|Date: July 2, 1969|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Vic Davalillo, Wayne Garrett, Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell, Tug McGraw|
|Key play: Davalillo’s grand slam, Agee’s throw in 9th, Boswell’s single in 14th|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played a wild extra-inning game that lasted 4 hours and eleven minutes. In the 14th, the Mets scored two runs to come away with a 6-4 win over the Redbirds.
Jerry Koosman and the Cardinals’ Dave Giusti each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the fourth, Art Shamsky hit a one-out triple to right field. Wayne Garrett doubled to score Shamsky and advanced to third base on a passed ball by St. Louis catcher Tim McCarver. A single by Donn Clendenon brought home Garrett with the Mets’ second run. Giusti got J. C. Martin to hit a ground ball to shortstop Steve Huntz for an inning-ending double play. Koosman then retired the Cards in order in the bottom half.
Giusti and Koosman each hurled a scoreless fifth inning. Ken Boswell singled to open the top of the sixth. Boswell stole second base and Cleon Jones flied out to left fielder Lou Brock. Shamsky grounded out to first baseman Joe Torre to advance Boswell to third. Ken scored on Garrett’s single for a 3-0 Mets lead. Giusti struck out Martin to end the inning. Koosman then shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless seventh inning, St. Louis reliever Chuck Taylor got Boswell on a called third strike to begin the top of the eighth. Jones reached on an error by Torre and stole second base. Shamsky popped out to Huntz and a single by Garrett plated Jones with the fourth run for the Mets. Taylor then threw a called third strike past Clendenon for the third out of the inning.
Koosman walked Torre with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Jerry issued ensuing bases on balls to Mike Shannon and McCarver to load the bases. Ron Taylor came in to pitch for New York and surrendered a grand slam to pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo that tied the game. Huntz took a called third strike for the final out of the inning and Chuck Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw struck out pinch-hitter Bob Johnson and Brock to open the bottom half. Curt Flood followed with a single to left field. Trying to score on Vada Pinson’s ensuing double, Flood was out at home via center fielder Tommie Agee’s throw to catcher Jerry Grote to end the inning and send the game onward.
Cards’ reliever Joe Hoerner set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the10th. In the bottom half, Torre got a leadoff double and Shannon was given an intentional walk. McCarver reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases. Dal Maxvill hit a ground ball on which third baseman Garrett threw to Grote for a force out at home on pinch-runner Boots Day. McGraw then struck out Huntz and got pinch-hitter Bill White on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Boswell.
For St. Louis, reliever Ray Washburn pitched a scoreless top of the 11th inning. McGraw shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half and Washburn held the Mets without a run again in the top of the 12th. McCarver singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. McGraw threw a called third strike past Maxvill and issued a walk to Huntz. Tug then retired White on a grounder to shortstop Al Weis to close out the inning.
Rod Gaspar and Garrett got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the 13th. Clendenon flied out to center fielder Flood to advance Gaspar from second to third base. Washburn got Grote to foul out to third baseman Shannon and end the inning. Brock and Flood began the bottom half with back-to-back walks. Pinson was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Bob Gibson lined out to first baseman Clendenon. Shannon got an infield single to load the bases. McGraw then retired McCarver on a pop-up to Weis that finished off the inning.
Agee got a two-out single against Cards’ reliever Ron Willis in the top of the 14th. Tommie stole second base and came around to score on a single by Boswell for a 5-4 Mets lead. Jones was hit by a pitch and Gaspar drew a walk to load the bases. An ensuing walk to Garrett forced home Boswell with the Mets’ sixth run. Nelson Briles then came in to pitch for the Redbirds and got Clendenon on a ground ball to shortstop Maxvill for the third out.
Maxvill flied out to Agee to begin the bottom of the 14th. Huntz flied out to left fielder Jones and a double by White followed. McGraw then concluded his sixth consecutive scoreless inning with a game-ending strikeout of Brock. The Mets had an exciting extra-inning victory.