July 24, 1970: Agee Steals Home in 10th
|Date: July 24, 1970|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones’ double in 6th, Agee’s steal of home in 10th|
The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 53,657 was on hand for the start of a three-game series. Tommie Agee stole home in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over Los Angeles.
Jerry Koosman and Dodgers’ starter Bill Singer each pitched scoreless ball over the first three innings of the game. Koosman yielded a first-inning single to Manny Mota and walked Billy Grabarkewitz in the third. Singer gave up three hits and a walk and stopped the Mets with the bases loaded in the second. In the three innings, the pitchers recorded three strikeouts apiece.
For Los Angeles, Willie Davis singled and stole second base to begin the top of the fourth. Davis advanced to third on Wes Parker’s fly ball to center fielder Agee. After Jim Lefebvre’s pop out to third baseman Joe Foy, Davis came home on a single by Ted Sizemore. Koosman retired Bill Russell on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones for the third out. Singer then set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.
Jeff Torborg doubled and went to third on Jones’ error to lead off the top of the fifth. Koosman got Singer on a pop-up to catcher Jerry Grote and struck out Grabarkewitz. Mota drew a walk and Davis flied out to Agee to end the inning. Singer pitched a perfect bottom half. Koosman then retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth inning.
Singer struck out Bud Harrelson and walked Ken Singleton to open the bottom of the sixth. Art Shamsky lined out to Davis in center field. Jones followed with a double that scored Singleton to tie the game at 1-1. Singer then retired Wayne Garrett on a fly ball to right fielder Russell for the third out.
From the seventh inning to the ninth, Koosman and Singer pitched shutout ball. The Dodgers got two singles and three walks and had the bases loaded in the eighth, but were unable to score against Koosman. Singer surrendered only a walk to Foy in the seventh and a single to Singleton in the eighth. He followed up with a perfect ninth to send the game onward. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw then retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th inning.
McGraw singled off Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer to start the bottom of the 10th. Agee bunted and reached first base when shortstop Grabarkewitz dropped a throw from first baseman Parker. After pinch-runner Al Weis was picked off at second, Agee stole the base and went to third on Brewer’s wild pitch. Brewer fanned Harrelson and issued a walk to Singleton. Pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon then drew a walk to load the bases for the Mets.
With Jones at bat, Agee took off for home plate. He slid in under the tag of catcher Torborg to score and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory on Tommie’s steal of home.