July 20, 1969: Mets Defeat Expos in 10 for Split

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Date: July 20, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 4
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Jack DiLauro
Key player(s): Bobby Pfeil, Jack DiLauro
Key play: Pfeil’s bunt single in 10th

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with a 4-3 win.

Tommie Agee singled against Expos’ starter Mike Wegener to lead off the top of the first. Bud Harrelson drew a walk and Ron Swoboda hit a single to drive home Agee. Art Shamsky grounded out to second baseman Remy Hermoso to advance the runners to second and third base. Wayne Garrett grounded out to first baseman Bob Bailey to score Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ed Kranepool was given an intentional walk and Wegener retired Jerry Grote on a grounder to third baseman Coco Laboy for the third out of the inning. Mets’ starter Don Cardwell then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Wegener set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Bobby Wine hit a single to begin the bottom half. Wegener grounded to shortstop Harrelson for a double play and a double by Adolfo Phillips ensued. Phillips moved to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Hermoso’s single to center field. Cardwell then issued a walk to Rusty Staub and got Mack Jones on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning.

Cardwell and Wegener each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Wegener set down all three Mets batters in the top of the eighth and pinch-hitter Ty Cline singled against Cardwell to open the bottom half. On his own hit, Cline advanced to second base via an error by second baseman Al Weis. Cline went to third after Phillips’ fly out to center fielder Rod Gaspar and scored the tying run on a double by pinch-hitter Kevin Collins. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw walked Staub intentionally and struck out Mack Jones. New York’s Cal Koonce then got Bailey to hit a force play grounder to Weis that finished off the inning.

Swoboda drew a walk against Expos’ reliever Don Shaw to begin the top of the ninth. Shamsky was hit by a pitch and Garrett’s sacrifice bunt sent the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon was walked intentionally to load the bases and pinch-hitter Cleon Jones walked to force home Swoboda for a 3-2 Mets lead. Montreal’s Roy Face got pinch-hitter J. C. Martin to hit a grounder on which second baseman Collins threw to catcher John Bateman for an out at home on Shamsky. Face then retired pinch-hitter Ken Boswell on a fly ball to center fielder Phillips for the inning’s final out.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Laboy homered against Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor to retie the game. Bateman and Wine were retired on infield pop-ups and Cline hit a single to right field. Taylor retired Phillips on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones to end the inning and Swoboda hit a two-out double in the top of the 10th. On his own hit, Swoboda advanced to third base via an error by Phillips. Pinch-hitter Bobby Pfeil got a bunt single to score Swoboda and regain a one-run lead for the New York. Face then threw a called third strike past Garrett to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Ron Brand grounded out to Mets’ reliever Jack DiLauro to open the bottom of the 10th. Staub singled and Mack Jones was struck out. DiLauro then retired pinch-hitter Jose Herrera on a line drive to first baseman Clendenon to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.