July 28, 1970: Clendenon Drives in 7 Runs

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Date: July 28, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 12
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Bud Harrelson, Jim McAndrew
Key play: Harrelson’s triple, Clendenon’s home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 50,174 fans on hand. Donn Clendenon drove in seven runs to lead the Mets to a 12-2 win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Tommie Agee singled against the Giants’ Rich Robertson to lead off the bottom half. Bud Harrelson followed with a triple to drive home Agee with the first run of the game. Ken Singleton hit a single on which Harrelson stayed at third base. Bud came home on Clendenon’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Mets lead. Robertson then threw a called third strike past Cleon Jones and retired Wayne Garrett on a ground ball to shortstop Tito Fuentes that ended the inning.

After a scoreless second, McAndrew set down the side in order in the top of the third. Harrelson doubled with one out in the bottom half. Singleton drew a walk and Clendenon slugged a three-run homer that increased the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Jones reached on an error by third baseman Al Gallagher. Garrett hit a force play grounder to first baseman Willie McCovey and a fly ball by Joe Foy was caught by left fielder Jim Ray Hart for the inning’s final out. McAndrew then retired all three San Francisco batters in the top of the fourth.

Jerry Grote singled to open the bottom of the fourth inning. McAndrew drew a walk and Robertson was replaced on the mound by Giants’ reliever Mike Davison. Agee was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bobby Bonds after which Grote advanced to third base. Harrelson singled to bring home Grote and a fly ball by Singleton was caught by center fielder Willie Mays. Clendenon hit his second three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Jones followed with a single to left field. Davison then struck out Garrett to finish off the inning.

McAndrew yielded only a double to McCovey in the top of the fifth. Davison hurled a scoreless bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Davison and Bonds drew back-to-back walks. A double by Ron Hunt scored Davison and Bonds with the Giants’ first two runs of the game. Hunt moved to third base on a wild pitch and Mays went down on strikes. McCovey popped out to shortstop Al Weis to end the inning. Davison then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

McAndrew pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Grote hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. McAndrew followed with a single on which center fielder Bonds (who had shifted from right) made an error that allowed Grote to come around and score. Agee singled and Weis hit a single to bring home McAndrew for an 11-2 Mets lead. Davison then fanned Singleton for the inning’s third out.

McAndrew set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Ron Swoboda homered against San Francisco reliever Ron Bryant for the Mets’ twelfth run. Garrett hit a single and Foy flied out to Bonds. Bryant then got Duffy Dyer on a force play ground ball to second baseman Hunt to end the inning.

Ken Henderson grounded out to second baseman Garrett to begin the top of the ninth. McCovey flied out to center fielder Agee and consecutive singles by Dick Dietz and Hart ensued. McAndrew then got Gallagher to hit a force play grounder to Weis for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.