June 8, 1969: Mets Complete Sweep of Padres
|Date: June 8, 1969|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee, Wayne Garrett|
|Key play: Kranepool's and Garrett's singles, Agee's double|
The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a sweep of their first series ever in San Diego with a 3-2 win.
Tom Seaver and the Padres' Al Santorini each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Santorini set down the side in order in the top of the third and Chris Cannizzaro doubled to lead off the bottom half. Seaver followed up with strikeouts of both Santorini and Tommy Dean. John Sipin got an infield single on which Seaver made an error that allowed Cannizzaro to score for a 1-0 San Diego lead. Tony Gonzalez singled and Nate Colbert hit a single to load the bases. Seaver then fanned Al Ferrara for the inning's third out.
Santorini hurled a perfect top of the fourth. To begin the bottom half, Ed Spiezio slugged a home run to increase the Padres' lead to 2-0. Seaver struck out the next three batters to end the inning and Cleon Jones singled to begin the top of the fifth. Art Shamsky drew a walk and Ed Kranepool popped out to shortstop Dean. J. C. Martin grounded out to Santorini and a fly ball by Al Weis was caught by center fielder Cito Gaston to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Gonzalez doubled and Colbert was walked intentionally. Seaver then struck out Ferrara to finish off the inning.
Santorini retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Seaver recorded a trio of strikeouts (bringing his game total to fourteen) in a scoreless bottom half and Jones got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Cleon advanced to second base on Shamsky's ground out to Santorini and scored on Kranepool's single to cut the San Diego lead to 2-1. Santorini struck out Martin to end the inning. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Ed Charles singled to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Rod Gaspar grounded out to Santorini and a walk to Bud Harrelson ensued. Tommie Agee hit a double to drive home Charles and tie the game at 2-2. Against Padres' reliever Bill McCool, Wayne Garrett singled to score Harrelson and put the Mets ahead by a run. Jones was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Ferrara, who followed with a throw to catcher Cannizzaro for an out at home on Agee and an inning-ending double play. Mets' reliever Ron Taylor then surrendered just a walk to Ferrara in the bottom half.
McCool set down the Mets on three consecutive grounders to second baseman Sipin in the top of the ninth. Cannizzaro grounded out to third baseman Charles to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Ivan Murrell was called out on strikes. Taylor then got pinch-hitter Roberto Pena to foul out to first baseman Kranepool and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series sweep in their first San Diego visit.