May 16, 1968: Agee's Single in 9th Beats Reds

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Date: May 16, 1968
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Buchek, Tommie Agee
Key play: Buchek’s single in 2nd, Agee’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tommie Agee hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 2-1 Mets win over Cincinnati.

After a scoreless first, Mets’ starter Tom Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the second. Greg Goossen hit a double against the Reds’ Gerry Arrigo with two outs in the bottom half. Jerry Buchek singled to drive home Goossen and advanced to second base on a throw to the plate. Arrigo retired Agee on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Leo Cardenas, who singled to lead off the top of the third. Arrigo’s sacrifice bunt moved Cardenas to second and Pete Rose flied out to center fielder Agee. Alex Johnson grounded back to Seaver to end the inning. Arrigo then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Seaver and Arrigo each hurled scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Rose hit a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Johnson followed with a grounder to second baseman Ken Boswell on which Rose got caught between bases and was tagged out by shortstop Bud Harrelson. On the play, Johnson moved to second. Tony Perez hit a single to score Johnson and tie the game at 1-1. On his own hit, Perez was out on third baseman Buchek’s relay throw to Boswell to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Ron Swoboda doubled and Jerry Grote was intentionally walked. Arrigo then got Goossen to line out to center fielder Vada Pinson and finish off the inning.

Seaver set down all three Cincinnati batters in the top of the seventh. Arrigo hurled a perfect bottom half and Tom gave up only a single to Tommy Helms in the top of the eighth. Cleon Jones singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. On the hit, Jones was out via a throw by left fielder Johnson to second baseman Helms to end the inning. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Lee May drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Pinson. Seaver then retired Johnny Bench on a fly ball to right fielder Swoboda for the inning’s final out.

Arrigo got Swoboda on a grounder to Cardenas to open the bottom of the ninth. Grote took a called third strike and Goossen drew a walk. Buchek hit a single to send pinch-runner Don Bosch to second base. Agee came to bat and delivered a single that plated Bosch and brought the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory to close out the series.