July 22, 1971: Boswell and Agee Slug Cubs

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Date: July 22, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Ken Boswell, Tommie Agee, Tom Seaver
Key play: Boswell’s and Agee’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ken Boswell and Tommie Agee combined for three home runs in a 5-1 Mets win.

Bud Harrelson singled against Cubs’ starter Milt Pappas to lead off the top of the first inning. Boswell hit a two-run homer and Agee followed with a bunt single. Tommie stole both second and third base before Cleon Jones flied out to center fielder Brock Davis. Ed Kranepool drew a walk and Donn Clendenon singled to score Agee for a 3-0 Mets lead. Bob Aspromonte hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger and a strikeout of Duffy Dyer ended the inning. Mets’ starter Tom Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Pappas retired the Mets in order in the top of the second. Seaver set down all three Chicago batters in the bottom of the inning and Agee homered to begin the top of the third. Jones grounded out to Kessinger and a pop-up by Kranepool was caught by third baseman Ron Santo. Pappas fanned Clendenon for the inning’s final out and Davis popped out to third baseman Aspromonte to lead off the bottom half. Chris Cannizzaro followed with a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Pappas was called out on strikes and Kessinger doubled to left field. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Glenn Beckert to close out the inning.

Pappas held the Mets to a single by Seaver in the top of the fourth. Tom hurled a perfect bottom half and Boswell flied out to Davis to begin the top of the fifth. Agee slugged his second homer for the fifth New York run of the game. Jones singled and Cubs’ reliever Bill Bonham got Kranepool on a ground ball to Kessinger for an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Cannizzaro hit a double to left field. Pinch-hitter Ramon Webster was struck out to finish off the inning and Chicago’s Joe Decker pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Seaver then shut down the Cubs in the bottom half.

Seaver singled to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Tom went to second base on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a double by Boswell. Agee was walked intentionally to load the bases and Jones was called out on strikes. Decker retired Kranepool on a ground ball to second baseman Beckert for the third out and Seaver set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Decker struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Chicago reliever Ron Tompkins retired all three Mets batters on infield grounders in the top of the ninth inning. Kessinger grounded out to third baseman Tim Foli to lead off the bottom half. Beckert and Billy Williams followed with consecutive singles and moved to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch. Joe Pepitone was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson. Seaver then struck out Santo to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.