June 23, 1970: Boswell and Dyer Bury Cubs

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Date: June 23, 1970
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 12
Cubs: 10
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Ken Boswell, Duffy Dyer
Key play: Boswell’s single, Dyer’s home run

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of five games in a series at Wrigley Field. Ken Boswell and Duffy Dyer provided clutch hitting in the ninth and tenth innings, respectively, to lift the Mets to a 12-10 win.

Cubs’ starter Joe Decker pitched a perfect top of the first. Don Kessinger drew a walk against the Mets’ Ray Sadecki to lead off the bottom half. Glenn Beckert followed with a double to left field. Billy Williams hit a single to drive home both Kessinger and Beckert for a 2-0 Chicago lead. Jim Hickman flied out to right fielder Dave Marshall and a walk to Ron Santo ensued. Sadecki then got Ernie Banks to fly out to center fielder Tommie Agee and retired Cleo James on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

With one out in the top of the second, Marshall homered for the Mets’ first run of the game. Decker set down the next two batters to end the inning and Sadecki retired the side in order in the bottom half. Decker hurled a perfect top of the third and Beckert drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Williams slugged a two-run homer to increase the Cubs’ lead to 4-1. Hickman flied out to Marshall and a pop-up by Santo was caught by first baseman Art Shamsky. Sadecki then retired Banks on a pop-up to shortstop Bud Harrelson to close out the inning.

Harrelson singled against Decker to open the top of the fourth. Cleon Jones drew a walk and Shamsky was called out on strikes. Marshall walked to load the bases and Boswell drew a walk to force home Harrelson. With Jim Colborn on the mound for Chicago, Wayne Garrett reached on second baseman Beckert’s error to drive home Jones. Jerry Grote followed with a single that plated both Marshall and Boswell, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead. Sadecki singled to score Garrett and a single by Agee brought home Grote. Cubs’ reliever Steve Barber threw a wild pitch that plated Sadecki with the eighth New York run of the game. Harrelson walked and Barber retired Jones on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Santo. To begin the bottom half, James hit a single and came around to score on a double by Jack Hiatt. Sadecki then set down the next three Chicago batters to finish off the inning.

Cubs’ reliever Jim Dunegan hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Williams doubled against Sadecki to begin the bottom half. Hickman drew a walk and Santo walked against the Mets’ Don Cardwell to load the bases. Banks hit a single to bring home Williams and Hickman with Santo advancing to third base. James followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Garrett that scored Santo and tied the game. Hiatt hit a single to left field. Dunegan doubled to plate both James and Hiatt, putting the Cubs ahead by a score of 10-8. New York’s Rich Folkers then got Kessinger to fly out to Agee and retired Beckert on a grounder to Harrelson for the inning’s final out.

Dunegan surrendered only a walk to Agee in the top of the sixth. The Cubs failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half and Dunegan shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh. Folkers pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Garrett drew a walk against Dunegan to lead off the top of the eighth. Cubs’ reliever Phil Regan retired pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen on a fly ball to right fielder Hickman. Pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon hit a force play grounder back to Regan, who followed up with a strikeout of Agee to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Harrelson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth. Jones hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Kessinger and a single by Shamsky ensued. Marshall grounded out to first baseman Banks to advance pinch-runner Al Weis to third base and Jones to second. Boswell followed with a single that drove home Weis and Jones, tying the game at 10-10. Regan retired Garrett on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Williams. Taylor then pitched a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.

Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda doubled to begin the top of the 10th. Dyer followed with a homer to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Regan set down the next three batters on infield ground balls to finish off the inning. To open the bottom half, New York reliever Jim McAndrew got pinch-hitter Jimmie Hall to fly out to Agee. Pinch-hitter Willie Smith drew a walk. McAndrew retired Kessinger on a line drive to Garrett, who then threw to first baseman Ed Kranepool for an out on Smith and a game-ending double play. The Mets had an extra-inning victory in a high-scoring battle.


  • Dunegan’s two-run double was the only hit of his major league career