June 8, 1975: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 14th
|Date: June 8, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Hall|
|Winning pitcher: Hank Webb|
|Key player(s): Joe Torre, Rick Baldwin, Felix Millan|
|Key play: Torre's single in 7th, Sosa's wild pitch|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams battled for more then four hours in the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came up with a 7-6 win on a wild pitch in the 14th inning.
Tom Hall and Atlanta's Buzz Capra each pitched three shutout innings to begin the game. Hall retired all nine Braves batters while Capra allowed only a double to Joe Torre and a single to Ed Kranepool. Hall shut down Atlanta again in the fourth, despite Ralph Garr's leadoff single and a walk to Darrell Evans.
In the bottom of the fourth, Capra walked Torre and retired the next two hitters. Dave Kingman doubled to score Torre for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mike Phillips followed with a single to bring home Kingman with the Mets' second run. Capra then got John Stearns on an infield pop-up to end the inning.
The Braves loaded the bases with none out in the top of the fifth. Capra hit a sacrifice fly to score Vic Correll with the first Atlanta run. Garr followed with a triple that brought home Larvelle Blanks and Bob Beall to put the Braves ahead. Felix Millan's errant throw allowed Garr to score on the play. Rod Gilbreath followed with a home run to make it a 5-2 Atlanta lead. Hall was then replaced by Mets' reliever Bob Apodaca.
Capra walked Apodaca and gave up a double to Del Unser to start the bottom of the fifth inning. Millan flied out and Torre tripled to score Apodaca and Unser. Joe came home on Rusty Staub's ground out to tie the game. The Braves took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Correll's sacrifice fly that brought home Dusty Baker.
Max Leon came in to pitch for Atlanta in the bottom of the seventh. After retiring John Milner, Leon allowed a single to Unser, who advanced to second base on Millan's infield grounder. Torre followed with a single to score Unser and tie the game at 6-6. Reliever Harry Parker shut down the Braves in the eighth and Rick Baldwin got Gilbreath to ground out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. Meanwhile, the Mets did not score and the game went to extra innings.
Baldwin set down the Braves in order in the tenth inning. After Rick pitched out of a jam in the 11th, Millan was hit by Elias Sosa's pitch with two out in the bottom half. Torre followed with his fourth hit of the game on which Millan tried to score. Felix was out at the plate on a throw by Atlanta right fielder Baker.
In the 12th and 13th innings, Baldwin pitched scoreless ball while allowing only a single to Cito Gaston. For the Braves, Sosa struck out three batters in holding the Mets scoreless. Mets' reliever Hank Webb then retired the Braves without a hit in the top of the 14th.
Millan singled to begin the bottom of the 14th inning for the Mets. Torre followed with a drive to center field that was misplayed by Gaston for a two-base error. Staub was walked intentionally to load the bases and Gene Clines stepped up to the plate. Sosa's pitch got away from catcher Correll, allowing Millan to come home from third with the winning run. The Mets had a victory on a wild pitch.