June 26, 1974: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Cubs

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Date: June 26, 1974
Mets starter: Harry Parker
Mets: 5
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Jack Aker
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Wayne Garrett, Cleon Jones
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-4 win in 12 innings.

Wayne Garrett singled against Cubs’ starter Steve Stone to lead off the top of the first. Jerry Grote flied out to right fielder Jose Cardenal and a single by Cleon Jones advanced Garrett to third base. Rusty Staub followed with a sacrifice fly to score Garrett for a 1-0 Mets lead. Stone retired Ed Kranepool on a fly ball to center fielder Rick Monday for the third out. Mets’ starter Harry Parker then yielded just a single to Don Kessinger bottom half.

Stone and Parker each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Garrett singled to open the top of the sixth. Grote reached on Stone’s error and Jones fouled out to third baseman Bill Madlock. Staub flied out to Cardenal and a single by Kranepool plated Garrett with the Mets’ second run of the game. Stone then got Ken Boswell to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Kessinger that ended the inning.

Billy Williams got a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth. Cardenal doubled to drive home Williams and came around to score on a single by Monday. Madlock singled to advance Monday to third base and Parker was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Bob Miller. With Steve Swisher at bat, catcher Grote’s passed ball allowed Monday to score and put the Cubs ahead, 3-2. Miller then struck out Swisher to finish off the inning.

Don Hahn singled against Stone to begin the top of the seventh. Ted Martinez’s sacrifice bunt moved Hahn to second base and pinch-hitter Ron Hodges drew a walk. Garrett hit a single to bring home Hahn with the tying run. On the play, Cardenal made an error that allowed Garrett to go to third and pinch-runner Bud Harrelson to score for the Mets a 4-3 lead. Against Chicago reliever Oscar Zamora, Grote hit a grounder on which Garrett got caught between bases. Wayne was tagged by Zamora for an out as Grote went to second. Jones drew a walk and Zamora retired Staub on a ground ball to second baseman Dave Rosello that closed out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jim Tyrone singled against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw to open the bottom of the seventh. Tyrone advanced to second base on pinch-hitter Matt Alexander’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Kessinger. Jerry Morales hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Tyrone and tie the game at 4-4. McGraw then got Williams to pop out to shortstop Martinez and end the inning.

McGraw and Cubs’ reliever Burt Hooton each pitched scoreless ball from the eighth inning to the 10th. Boswell reached on second baseman Vic Harris’s error to lead off the top of the 11th. Hahn’s sacrifice bunt sent Boswell to second base and Martinez grounded out to Madlock. Pinch-hitter Dave Schneck grounded back to Hooton for the final out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jack Aker then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the 12th, Grote singled and moved to second base on an error by Kessinger. Jones hit a single to drive home pinch-runner John Milner and put the Mets ahead by a run. Staub flied out to Monday and a single by Kranepool ensued. Hooton retired Boswell on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Williams, who grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to open the bottom half. Cardenal popped out to second baseman Boswell and a single by Monday followed. Aker then struck out Madlock to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a sweep of the series.