June 1, 1969: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Giants

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Date: June 1, 1969
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Jerry Grote, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Grote’s two-run triple, Swoboda’s bases-loaded walk

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series in front of 41,294 fans on hand. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-4 win over San Francisco.

Bobby Bonds singled against Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew to lead off the top of the first inning. With Jim Davenport at bat, Bonds was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Jerry Grote to second baseman Wayne Garrett. Davenport reached on shortstop Bud Harrelson’s error and advanced to third base on Willie Mays’ double to center field. Willie McCovey was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jim Ray Hart hit a sacrifice fly to score Davenport for a 1-0 Giants lead. Jack Hiatt drew a walk that reloaded the bases and Don Mason popped out to Harrelson to end the inning. San Francisco’s Bobby Bolin then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hal Lanier doubled to begin the top of the second. Bolin was called out on strikes and Bonds flied out to center fielder Tommie Agee. McAndrew issued a walk to Davenport and was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Don Cardwell with Mays at the plate. Cardwell completed a walk to Mays (charged to McAndrew) to load the bases and threw a wild pitch that plated Lanier with the Giants’ second run. McCovey was given an intentional walk to load the bases for the fourth time in two innings. Cardwell then retired Hart on a fly ball to Agee for the third out.

Ron Swoboda singled with one out in the bottom of the second. Ed Charles followed with a single that sent Swoboda to third base and moved to second on a throw. Grote tripled to drive home Swoboda and Charles, tying the game at 2-2. Bolin struck out Cardwell and got Harrelson on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Mays. Cardwell and Bolin then followed up by pitching scoreless ball in the third and fourth.

With one out in the top of the fifth, McCovey homered to put the Giants ahead by a run. Hart went down on strikes and Hiatt grounded out to Harrelson to end the inning. Bud singled to open the bottom half. Agee hit a force play grounder to second baseman Mason and was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Hiatt to shortstop Lanier. Garrett and Cleon Jones followed with back-to-back walks. Ed Kranepool singled to score Garrett and move Jones to third. Swoboda hit a single that brought home Jones and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Bolin was then replaced by San Francisco reliever Frank Linzy, who got Charles to hit a force play ground ball to Lanier and close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Dick Dietz drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth. An ensuing single by Bonds advanced pinch-runner Tito Fuentes to third base. Davenport singled to score Fuentes and tie the game. Mays hit a force play grounder to Harrelson that ended the inning and Giants’ reliever Joe Gibbon pitched a perfect bottom half. Cardwell shut down the Giants in the top of the seventh and the Mets had runners on first and second base with one out in the bottom half. Gibbon then recorded a strikeout of pinch-hitter Amos Otis on which Agee got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Mason for an inning-ending double play.

Cardwell and Gibbon each hurled a scoreless eighth inning. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor held the Giants to a double by McCovey in the top of the ninth. Harrelson drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Bud moved to second base on Agee’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Garrett’s ground out to Mason. Jones was walked intentionally and stole second. Otis drew a walk to load the bases. Gibbon then walked Swoboda to force home Harrelson with the winning run. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.