June 9, 1971: Four Runs in 8th Overtake Padres

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Date: June 9, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Don Hahn, Bud Harrelson, Ken Singleton
Key play: Hahn’s and Harrelson’s triples, Singleton’s single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second game of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind with four runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 win over San Diego.

After a scoreless first inning, Nate Colbert hit a home run against Mets’ starter Tom Seaver to lead off the top of the second. Seaver retired the next two Padres batters and gave up a single to Ed Spiezio. Tom struck out Fred Kendall to end the inning and San Diego’s Tom Phoebus pitched a scoreless bottom half. Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the third. Phoebus then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Cito Gaston singled to open the top of the fourth inning. Colbert hit a single and Ollie Brown went down on strikes. Ivan Murrell popped out to first baseman Ed Kranepool and a single by Spiezio drove home Gaston for a 2-0 Padres lead. Kendall hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the third out. Phoebus then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Seaver and Phoebus each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Tom yielded only a double to Enzo Hernandez in the top of the seventh and Dave Marshall drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Kranepool hit a single and Phoebus was replaced on the mound by San Diego reliever Al Severinsen. Shamsky grounded out to first baseman Colbert to advance the runners to second and third base. Severinsen got Bob Aspromonte on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Hernandez. Seaver then hurled a scoreless top of the eighth.

Jerry Grote singled to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Don Hahn hit a triple to drive home Grote and pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon was struck out. Harrelson tripled to score Hahn and tie the game. Dick Kelley came in to pitch for the Padres and issued an intentional walk to Tim Foli. Pinch-hitter Ken Singleton hit a single to bring home Harrelson and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Kranepool hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Spiezio and a walk to Shamsky loaded the bases. San Diego reliever Bob Miller walked Aspromonte to force home Foli with the Mets’ fourth run. Miller then retired Grote on a pop-up to second baseman Don Mason to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw got Murrell to fly out to left fielder Shamsky to start the top of the ninth. Spiezio was retired on a grounder to Harrelson. McGraw then struck out Kendall to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory.