May 21, 1968: Mets Beat Pirates in 17 Innings

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Date: May 21, 1968
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Pirates: 3
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell
Key play: Hiller’s error in 17th

The Mets and Pirates played on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The game lasted four hours and twenty-five minutes. After 17 innings, the Mets came out with a 4-3 win.

The Pirates got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Maury Wills walked with one out and Willie Stargell hit a home run off Tom Seaver. The Mets tied it up in the second when Jerry Grote singled to lead off and Tommie Agee homered with two out off Pittsburgh’s Al McBean. Each team scored again in the fifth as McBean singled to score Jose Pagan for the Pirates and Ken Boswell doubled to bring home Bud Harrelson for the Mets.

The game remained deadlocked into extra innings. Seaver retired fourteen consecutive hitters up to the end of the tenth. Meanwhile, the Mets were unable to score against the Pittsburgh bullpen. They got four hits from the sixth to the tenth, but no runs. In the eleventh, Seaver pitched another scoreless inning before his departure.

Cal Koonce came on to pitch for the Mets in the twelfth. Koonce threw five scoreless innings, holding the Pirates to three hits. Pittsburgh’s Bob Moose matched Cal with three-hit relief himself over the same five innings. At the end of the sixteenth, it was still a tie game.

For the Mets, Ron Taylor came in and pitched a scoreless seventeenth inning. In the bottom half, Agee got a leadoff single against Moose and moved to second on a sacrifice. Elroy Face replaced Moose on the mound and got Harrelson to fly out to left field. Boswell then hit a ground ball to second base that he beat out for a single. The throw by Chuck Hiller, just inserted into the game, got past first baseman Donn Clendenon for an error. Agee came in to score from third base and the Mets had the victory.