June 10, 1969: Mets Win 11th in a Row
|Date: June 10, 1969|
|Mets starter: Don Cardwell|
|Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell|
|Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, Don Cardwell|
|Key play: Agee's two homers, Jones' home run|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night at Candlestick Park. Riding a team-record 10-game winning streak, the Mets looked to increase it. They defeated San Francisco, 9-4, for their 11th consecutive victory.
Mets' starter Don Cardwell pitched masterfully. Only in the third, when Mike McCormick singled and scored on Bobby Bonds' triple, did the Giants get any hits off Cardwell over the first eight innings. The run gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead, but a home run by Tommie Agee off McCormick tied the game for the Mets in the top of the fourth.
In the fifth, Jerry Grote led off with a double and moved to third on Al Weis's sacrifice bunt. Cardwell followed with a sacrifice fly to score Grote and put the Mets in front. Don then retired the Giants in order for the second straight inning in the bottom of the fifth.
Rod Gaspar led off the top of the sixth inning with a single off McCormick. Two walks loaded the bases and Ed Charles came to bat with one out. Charles hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Gaspar and advance Cleon Jones to third base. Grote delivered a single to score Jones for a 4-1 Met lead. McCormick was then relieved on the mound by Ron Herbel.
After pitching a perfect bottom of the sixth, Cardwell led off the top of the seventh with a single off Herbel. Bud Harrelson reached on an error to put two runners on base for the Mets. With one out, Agee singled to bring home Cardwell for the Mets' fifth run of the game. Jones then clouted a three-run homer to extend the lead to 8-1.
Cardwell recorded his fourth straight 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, he walked pinch-hitter Dave Marshall before retiring the next three San Francisco batters. The Mets added a run in the top of the ninth when Agee homered off Giants' reliever Ray Sadecki for his second round-tripper of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants scored three runs on homers by Willie McCovey and Jack Hiatt. Ron Taylor came in to relieve Cardwell and recorded the final outs of the game. The Mets had their 11th straight win to start their three-game series in San Francisco.