July 6, 1970: Agee Hits for the Cycle

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Date: July 6, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 3
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Tommie Agee
Key play: Singleton’s 2-run homer, Agee’s 3-run homer, Agee’s triple in 7th

The Mets faced the St. Louis Cardinals on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. In each of the first seven innings, the Mets got at least one hit and rolled to a 10-3 win. Tommie Agee led the offensive barrage by hitting for the cycle.

Starting pitcher Jim McAndrew retired the side in order in each of the first two innings. He then worked his way through a St. Louis scoring threat in the third. With runners at second and third and one out, Jim struck out Lou Brock and got Jose Cardenal on a pop up to end the inning.

Agee got a single off Cardinals’ starter Jerry Reuss to start the bottom of the third. Ken Singleton hit a two-run homer to put the Mets on top. In the next inning, Agee hit a three-run homer with two out off Reuss and Donn Clendenon singled home Bud Harrelson off reliever Sal Campisi. The Mets had a 6-0 lead after four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Mets continued their onslaught. Three consecutive doubles by Al Weis, McAndrew and Agee off the Cards’ Chuck Hartenstein brought home two more runs. Ron Swoboda added a two-run homer in the sixth to increase the Mets' lead to 10-0. Frank Linzy replaced Hartenstein and finished the inning for St. Louis.

McAndrew surrendered a home run to Dick Allen to lead off the top of the seventh, ending his shutout. In the bottom of the inning, Agee came to bat against Linzy. Tommie hit a one-out triple to right field to complete the cycle. It was the Mets’ seventeenth and final hit of the game.

The Cardinals got two runs off McAndrew in the ninth. Cardenal led off with a home run and Joe Hague scored on a single by Milt Ramirez. Tug McGraw came in to relieve, retiring all three batters he faced to finish off the Mets’ victory.