June 24, 1970: Agee and Jones Bury Cubs
|Date: June 24, 1970|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee|
|Key play: Jones' two-run singles, Agee's two-run double|
The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams played a three-hour and six-minute opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field. Tommie Agee and Cleon Jones combined for seven runs batted in as the Mets defeated Chicago, 9-5.
After two scoreless innings, Jerry Grote singled to lead off the top of the third. Grote advanced to second base on Tom Seaver's sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Agee. Bud Harrelson grounded out to Cubs' starter Bill Hands to move Agee to second base. Jones hit a single that scored Grote and Agee for a 2-0 Mets lead. Hands retired Art Shamsky on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Jim Hickman. Seaver then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless fourth, Hands shut down the Mets again in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Cleo James singled and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Hiatt. Hands singled to drive home James with the first Chicago run and Don Kessinger flied out to left fielder Jones. Seaver then struck out Glenn Beckert to end the inning.
Wayne Garrett drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth. Ensuing bases on balls to Grote and Seaver loaded the bases. Agee doubled to bring home Garrett and Grote, increasing the Mets' lead to 4-1. Harrelson grounded back to Hands for the third out and Seaver set down the Cubs in order in the bottom of the inning. Hands retired all three New York batters in the top of the seventh. Seaver then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Ken Boswell drew a walk against Chicago reliever Hank Aguirre to begin the top of the eighth inning. Garrett was hit by a pitch and Grote reached on an error by Aguirre to load the bases. Jim Colborn came in to pitch for the Cubs and got Seaver to hit a grounder on which shortstop Kessinger threw to catcher Hiatt for an out at home on Boswell. Agee walked to force home Garrett with the Mets' fifth run of the game. Harrelson followed with a grounder on which Hickman threw to Hiatt for an out at the plate on Grote. Jones singled to score Seaver and Agee with Harrelson moving to third base. Shamsky hit a single to drive home Harrelson and extend the Mets' lead to 8-1. Colborn then retired Dave Marshall on a fly ball to center fielder James to close out the inning.
Beckert doubled with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Billy Williams flied out to center fielder Agee and a single by Hickman brought home Beckert. Seaver fanned Johnny Callison for the inning's final out and Garrett homered for the Mets' ninth run with one out in the top of the ninth. Grote hit a single and went to second base on Seaver's sacrifice bunt. Colborn then got Agee to fly out to James and end the inning.
Paul Popovich drew a walk to open the bottom of the ninth. James was called out on strikes and Hiatt hit a double to send Popovich to third base. Pinch-hitter Ernie Banks followed with a three-run homer. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Kessinger and retired Beckert on a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a solid victory.