June 19, 1970: Early Offense Buries Phils

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Date: June 19, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 13
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Marshall, Ken Boswell, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Marshall’s two-run single, Boswell’s homer and double, Garrett’s triple and homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a weekend series in front of 43,866 fans on hand. The Mets scored twelve runs in the first four innings and rolled to a 13-3 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the first. Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson opened the bottom half with back-to-back singles against the Phils’ Jim Bunning. Cleon Jones flied out to left fielder Ron Stone and a ground out by Art Shamsky to first baseman Deron Johnson advanced the runners to second and third base. Dave Marshall singled to score Agee and Harrelson and moved to second on center fielder Oscar Gamble’s error. Ken Boswell followed with a bunt single that sent Marshall to third. An ensuing triple by Wayne Garrett brought home Marshall and Boswell for a 4-0 Mets lead. Jerry Grote hit a single to plate Garrett and a single by Seaver ensued. Agee hit a double to drive home Grote and Seaver, increasing the Mets’ lead to seven runs. Bunning was then replaced on the mound by Lowell Palmer, who retired Harrelson on a fly ball to Stone for the inning’s third out.

Seaver set down the Phillies in order in the top of the second. To begin the bottom half, Jones drew a walk and stole second base on Palmer’s third strike to Shamsky. Marshall grounded out to second baseman Terry Harmon and a two-run homer by Boswell extended the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Palmer issued a walk to Garrett and got Grote on an inning-ending fly ball to Stone. Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the third and Harrelson got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Jones hit a single on which Harrelson went to third. On the play, Bud scored the Mets’ tenth run via an error by catcher Doc Edwards. Jones was then out at second on Edwards’ throw to shortstop Larry Bowa to end the inning.

Seaver retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the fourth. Marshall got a one-out single in the bottom half. Boswell doubled to drive home Marshall and went to third base on Garrett’s fly out to Gamble. With Grote at bat, Garrett scored on Edwards’ passed ball for a 12-0 Mets lead. Palmer got Grote on a foul pop-up to Johnson that ended the inning and Edwards singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Palmer went down on strikes and Tony Taylor singled to center field. Bowa hit a single to drive home pinch-runner Mike Compton for the Phillies’ first run of the game. An ensuing double by Gamble scored Taylor and moved Bowa to third. Seaver threw a called third strike past Johnson for the final out of the inning. Palmer then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless sixth, pinch-hitter Byron Browne singled with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Rick Joseph reached on an error by first baseman Mike Jorgensen that sent Browne to third base. Bowa hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson on which Browne came home to score. Seaver got Gamble on a force play grounder to Harrelson to end the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Garrett homered against Phils’ reliever Barry Lersch for the Mets’ thirteenth run. Lersch retired the next three New York hitters and Johnson singled to begin the top of the eighth. Stone hit a force play grounder to Harrelson and moved to second on Harmon’s ground out to second baseman Boswell. Seaver fanned Scott Reid to close out the inning. Lersch then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Compton took a called third strike to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jim Hutto also went down on strikes. Seaver then struck out Joseph to end the game. The Mets had a decisive victory with a load of offense to start the series.