June 19, 1971: Mets Beat Phillies in 15 Innings

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Date: June 19, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Ken Singleton, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Singleton’s homer in 14th, Clendenon’s homer in 15th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 52,171 fans on Helmet Day. In 15 innings, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Following a scoreless first, Ron Stone drew a walk against Mets’ starter Tom Seaver with one out in the top of the second. Stone advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Deron Johnson homered for a 2-0 Phils lead. John Vukovich grounded out to third baseman Tim Foli and a triple by Rick Wise ensued. Seaver retired Denny Doyle on a fly ball to left fielder Art Shamsky for the third out of the inning. Wise then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Tim McCarver hit a one-out double in the top of the third. Willie Montanez drew a walk and Oscar Gamble popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson. Stone singled to drive home McCarver with the Phillies third run of the game. Seaver threw a called third strike past Johnson to close out the inning and Foli singled with one out on the bottom half. Seaver singled and Harrelson followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman Johnson. Wise then got Mike Jorgensen to line out to right fielder Stone and end the inning.

Seaver hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom half, Ken Singleton reached third base on an error by center fielder Montanez. Ken Boswell grounded out to shortstop Larry Bowa to finish off the inning and Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Jerry Grote drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Foli hit a force play grounder to Bowa and stole second base as Seaver was struck out. Harrelson singled to score Foli with the first New York run. Wise then hit Jorgensen with a pitch and got Shamsky on a ground ball to second baseman Doyle for the inning’s final out.

Johnson and Vukovich got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the sixth. Wise followed with a bunt on which Seaver threw to Harrelson for an out on Vukovich. Harrelson made a throw to Foli to get Johnson at third base for a double play. Doyle singled and Bowa hit a single that scored Wise, increasing the Phils’ lead to 4-1. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor then retired McCarver on a fly ball to center fielder Jorgensen to end the inning.

Ed Kranepool doubled against Wise to open the bottom of the sixth. Singleton hit a single and moved to third base on Boswell’s single that brought home Kranepool. Grote reached on an error by Doyle to score Singleton and send Boswell to third. Against Philadelphia reliever Bucky Brandon, Foli reached on Stone’s error to drive home Boswell and tie the game at 4-4. Pinch-hitter Bob Aspromonte lined out to Philles’ reliever Woodie Fryman, who followed up with a strikeout of Harrelson. Fryman then got pinch-hitter Don Hahn to ground out to Doyle and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw surrendered only a walk to pinch-hitter Roger Freed in the top of the seventh. Kranepool hit a single with one out in the bottom half. Singleton drew a walk and Boswell was retired on a ground ball to Johnson. Grote walked to load the bases and Fryman threw a called third strike past Foli to end the inning. McGraw yielded just a single to Doyle in the top of the eighth. Philadelphia’s Joe Hoerner pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Tug set down all three batters in the top of the ninth. Hoerner then held the Mets to a double by pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon in the bottom half.

McGraw and Hoerner each pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings. McCarver drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella to lead off the top of the 12th. Montanez followed with a bunt on which catcher Grote threw to Harrelson for an out on McCarver. Gamble singled to send Montanez to third base and Frisella fanned both Freed and Johnson for the inning’s final outs. Clendenon doubled to begin the bottom half. Kranepool drew a walk and Singleton’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Boswell went down on strikes and Grote walked to load the bases. Hoerner then retired Foli on a pop-up to third baseman Vukovich to end the inning.

Frisella gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Bobby Pfeil in the top of the 13th. Phillies’ reliever Bill Wilson hurled a scoreless bottom half and Bowa reached on second baseman Boswell’s error to open the top of the 14th. McCarver grounded out to Boswell to advance Bowa to second. Montanez was struck out and Gamble was given an intentional walk. With Freed at bat, Bowa went to third and Gamble moved to second on a double steal. Bowa followed up with a steal of home for a 5-4 Philadelphia lead. Freed and Johnson walked to load the bases and Vukovich was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Hahn. With one out in the bottom half, Singleton slugged a home run to retie the game. Boswell popped out to Doyle and consecutive infield singles by Grote and Foli ensued. Wilson then retired Frisella on a pop-up to Doyle for the final out of the inning.

Wilson lined out to Boswell to open the top of the 15th. Doyle went down on strikes and Bowa got an infield single. McCarver singled and Frisella struck out Montanez to end the inning. Harrelson fouled out to McCarver to lead off the bottom half. Wilson retired Hahn on a ground ball to Bowa. Clendenon came up to bat and hit a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory in extra innings.