July 27, 1975: Singles in 10th Give Mets Split

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Date: July 27, 1975
Mets starter: Hank Webb
Mets: 4
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Hank Webb
Key player(s): Hank Webb, Wayne Garrett, John Stearns
Key play: Mets’ singles in 10th

The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After losing the opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Four singles in the 10th inning gave the Mets a 4-1 win over Chicago.

From the first inning to the fifth, Hank Webb and the Cubs’ Tom Dettore each pitched two-hit scoreless ball. Webb drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Del Unser lined out to left fielder Jose Cardenal and an infield single by Felix Millan ensued. John Milner singled to drive home Webb for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rusty Staub was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Dettore retired Dave Kingman on a ground ball to first baseman Pete LaCock to end the inning. Webb then gave up just a single to Bill Madlock in the bottom half.

Joe Torre singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Mike Phillips followed by reaching on an error by Dettore. John Stearns hit a single on which Cardenal threw to catcher George Mitterwald for an out at home on Torre. Dettore recorded outs on each of the next two Mets batters to finish off the inning and LaCock hit a leadoff homer to tie the game in the bottom half. Mitterwald grounded out to third baseman Torre and a line drive by Don Kessinger was caught by center fielder Unser. Dettore hit a single to right field. Webb then got Rob Sperring on a pop-up to shortstop Phillips for the inning’s final out.

Millan and Milner drew walks against Dettore and Cubs’ reliever Darold Knowles, respectively, to begin the top of the eighth. Staub hit a force play ground ball to Knowles and single by Kingman loaded the bases. Torre followed with a grounder on which shortstop Kessinger threw to Mitterwald for a force out at the plate on Milner. Knowles got pinch-hitter Jesus Alou on a force play grounder to third baseman Madlock for the third out of the inning. Webb hurled a scoreless bottom half and Knowles retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Hank then shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward.

Millan singled against Chicago reliever Paul Reuschel to open the top of the 10th. Milner popped out to second baseman Manny Trillo and a single by Staub advanced Millan to third base. Kingman went down on strikes and Torre drew a walk to load the bases. Wayne Garrett singled to drive home Millan and Staub for a 3-1 Mets lead. John Stearns got the Mets’ fourth single of the inning to score Torre with the fourth New York run of the game. Cubs’ reliever Ken Frailing then struck out pinch-hitter Jack Heidemann to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ken Sanders retired Madlock on a ground ball to shortstop Garrett to begin the bottom of the 10th. Cardenal was struck out and Jerry Morales singled to left field. Sanders then got LaCock to hit a force play grounder to Garrett for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a split of the doubleheader.