July 3, 1976: Harrelson Triples and Scores in 10th
|Date: July 3, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood|
|Key player(s): Bud Harrelson|
|Key play: Harrelson’s triple, Knowles’ error|
The Mets played the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The team was in search of its ninth win in a row. In the 10th inning, Bud Harrelson hit a triple and scored the winning run for a 3-2 Mets victory over Chicago.
Tom Seaver and Cubs’ starter Rick Reuschel each pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. In the top of the third, a two-out single by Jose Cardenal scored Rick Monday for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Cardenal moved to second on catcher Ron Hodges’ passed ball and Bill Madlock hit a grounder to shortstop Harrelson. Buddy’s throw to third baseman Wayne Garrett caught Cardenal for the third out. Reuschel then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Seaver retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. John Milner led off the bottom half with a double, but was out at third on a throw by right fielder Jerry Morales. Dave Kingman was hit by a pitch and caught stealing by catcher George Mitterwald. Reuschel got Ed Kranepool on a fly ball to center fielder Monday to end the inning. Seaver then held Chicago scoreless despite a single by Reuschel in the top of the fifth.
Garrett led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run to tie the game. Reuschel set down three of the next four Met hitters on infield grounders. Seaver and Reuschel each retired the side in order in the sixth. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Manny Trillo and Mick Kelleher got back-to-back singles. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Reuschel for the third out of the inning.
Kranepool and Garrett opened the bottom of the seventh with consecutive singles. An ensuing double by Hodges brought home Kranepool to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Reuschel retired the next three batters and Seaver pitched a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Milner was robbed of a home run on an outstanding catch by Monday. Kingman then fanned for the third out.
Leading off the top of the ninth, Morales homered to knot the game at 2-2. Pete LaCock followed with a double and Seaver struck out the next three Cub batters. Reuschel pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and led off the top of the 10th with a single to left field. Monday walked and Skip Lockwood came in to pitch for the Mets. Lockwood got Cardenal to line out to right fielder Kingman. Skip then retired Madlock and Morales on fly balls to center fielder Bruce Boisclair for the final outs of the inning.
Harrelson led off the bottom of the 10th with a triple to right field. Reuschel gave intentional walks to pinch-hitter Joe Torre and Mike Phillips to load the bases with none out. Chicago reliever Darold Knowles came in to pitch and struck out Boisclair. With pinch-hitter Mike Vail at bat, Knowles’ pickoff throw got past first baseman LaCock. Harrelson came home to score on the error and end the game. The Mets had their ninth consecutive win.