July 26, 1975: Mets Outlast Cubs in 10 Innings

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Date: July 26, 1975
Mets starter: George Stone
Mets: 9
Cubs: 8
Winning pitcher: Tom Hall
Key player(s): Del Unser, Felix Millan, Jerry Grote, Joe Torre
Key play: Unser’s two-run single, Millan’s RBI singles, Torre’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Wrigley Field. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with a 9-8 win.

Ed Kranepool got a two-out single against Cubs’ starter Ray Burris in the top of the first. Rusty Staub drew a walk and Dave Kingman walked to load the bases. Del Unser followed with a single to drive home Kranepool and Staub for a 2-0 Mets lead. Burris retired Jerry Grote on a fly ball to left fielder Jose Cardenal for the third out and Rick Monday hit a solo homer off the Mets’ George Stone with one out in the bottom half. Bill Madlock tripled and Cardenal went down on strikes. Stone then got Jerry Morales on a ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan to end the inning.

Mike Phillips singled to lead off the top of the second. Phillips advanced to second base on Stone’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Wayne Garrett. Millan singled to bring home Phillips with the Mets’ third run of the game. On his own hit, Millan moved to second as Garrett was out via a relay throw by second baseman Manny Trillo to third baseman Madlock. Kranepool hit a single to score Millan and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Ed went to second on catcher Tim Hosley’s passed ball and Burris retired Staub on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Andre Thornton. Stone then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the third, Kingman homered for a 5-1 New York lead. Unser was retired on a ground ball to Thornton. Grote hit a single and moved to second base on shortstop Don Kessinger’s error. Jerry advanced to third after Phillips’ fly out to right fielder Morales. Burris then got Stone to fly out to Cardenal and finish off the inning.

Burris drew a walk to open the bottom of the third. Kessinger flied out to left fielder Kingman and a single by Monday sent Burris to third base. Madlock singled to score Burris and move Monday to third. Monday came home on Stone’s wild pitch to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Cardenal walked and Mets’ reliever Harry Parker retired Morales on a pop-up to Millan. Thornton drew a walk that loaded the bases. Parker then got Trillo to fly out to right fielder Staub and end the inning.

Burris gave up just a single to Millan in the top of the fourth. Hosley doubled against Parker to begin the bottom half. With Burris at bat, Hosley was caught by catcher Grote’s pickoff throw and tagged out by third baseman Garrett. Burris got an infield single and Kessinger flied out to center fielder Unser. Monday drew a walk and moved to third on Madlock’s single that plated Burris. Cardenal hit a single to drive home Monday with the tying run. Morales followed with a double to score Madlock and put the Cubs ahead, 6-5. Mets’ reliever Ken Sanders issued an intentional walk to Thornton to load the bases. Sanders then retired Trillo on a fly ball to Staub that closed out the inning.

Burris and Sanders each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Unser drew a walk against Burris to lead off the top of the eighth. Grote singled and Chicago reliever Darold Knowles threw a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third base. Phillips was struck out and pinch-hitter Jesus Alou was walked intentionally to load the bases. Garrett was called out on strikes and Millan singled to drive home Unser and Grote, giving the Mets a 7-6 lead. Knowles retired Kranepool on a fly ball to center fielder Monday for the inning’s third out. Monday and Madlock got back-to-back singles against the Mets’ Tom Hall with one out in the bottom half. Hall then got Cardenal to hit a grounder to Garrett for an inning-ending double play.

Knowles pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, Morales homered to tie the game at 7-7. Hall set down the next three Cubs batters to end the inning and Grote walked against Knowles to open the top of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Jack Heidemann followed with a single to left field. Pinch-hitter Joe Torre singled off Chicago’s Oscar Zamora to score pinch-runner Gene Clines and send Heidemann to third base. Garrett flied out to Monday and a single by Millan brought home Heidemann for a 9-7 Mets lead. Cubs’ reliever Milt Wilcox then got Kranepool to hit a ground ball to Kessinger for a double play that ended the inning.

Pinch-hitter Pete LaCock drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Rick Baldwin to begin the bottom of the 10th. Kessinger grounded out to Millan to advance LaCock to second base. Monday was retired on a fly ball to Staub and a single by Madlock drove home LaCock with the eighth Chicago run. Cardenal followed with an infield single. Baldwin then got Morales to fly out to Unser and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.