June 4, 1969: Mets Win on Error in 15th
|Date: June 4, 1969|
|Mets starter: Jack DiLauro|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor|
|Key player(s): Jack DiLauro, Al Weis|
|Key play: Weis’s throw in 15th, Davis’s error on Garrett’s hit|
The Mets came into the finale of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers looking to sweep. They played through a 3-hour, 40-minute battle that featured 14 innings of scoreless baseball. Finally, an error by the Dodgers’ Willie Davis in the 15th inning brought home Tommie Agee to give the Mets a 1-0 victory.
Jack DiLauro and Bill Singer dominated the hitters. Each pitched 2-hit shutout ball for nine innings. DiLauro allowed doubles to Bill Russell and Ted Sizemore in the first and second innings, but nothing more. Jack retired the last 19 batters he faced. For Los Angeles, Singer was perfect for six innings before Bud Harrelson’s leadoff single in the seventh. A pinch-hit single by Art Shamsky in the ninth was the only other New York hit off Singer.
Tug McGraw came on to pitch in the tenth inning for the Mets. McGraw continued the shutout with four scoreless innings of relief. In the 13th, Tug got Wes Parker to ground into a double play for the final two outs. The Mets, however, could not break the tie against the Dodger bullpen.
The game went on into the fifteenth inning. Jim Lefebvre hit a leadoff double off Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor, who then walked Ron Fairly. Following a force out at second, Davis hit a ball that Taylor deflected in the direction of second baseman Al Weis. Pinch-runner Billy Grabarkewitz dashed from third base, but Weis made a great fielding play. Al threw to the plate, where catcher Jerry Grote tagged Grabarkewitz out to keep the game at 0-0. Parker then fouled out to end the inning.
Pete Mikkelsen came in to pitch for the Dodgers in the bottom of the fifteenth. With Agee on first and one out, Wayne Garrett hit a single to center field. Davis misplayed the ball and it rolled to the wall. Tommie came all the way home to score the winning run. The Mets had a sweep of the Dodgers and their seventh win in a row.