May 24, 1973: Mets Win in 19 Innings
|Date: May 24, 1973|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: George Stone|
|Key player(s): Rusty Staub, George Stone|
|Key play: Staub's double in 19th|
The Mets began a ten-game West Coast trip in Los Angeles. The first game went into 19 innings as the Mets and Dodgers combined for 41 hits (37 of which were singles) off 11 pitchers. It ended with a 7-3 Mets' win after five hours and forty-two minutes of game time.
The Dodgers got two runs in the second inning against Tom Seaver. Willie Davis led off with a single and moved to second base on a ground out. Willie Crawford then reached on an error by Jim Beauchamp on which Davis scored. Crawford later came home on a sacrifice fly by Bill Russell.
Seaver and Wayne Garrett started the top of the third with singles off Los Angeles starter Tommy John. Felix Millan followed with a sacrifice fly to score Seaver. The Dodgers answered with a run in the bottom half when Bill Buckner scored on a single by Davis to make it a 3-1 game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Los Angeles had runners at first and third with one out. John hit a grounder to first, from where Beauchamp threw home to catcher Jerry May. Crawford was tagged by May for the second out before Seaver struck out Dave Lopes to end the inning.
Singles by George Theodore and May gave the Mets runners at first and second with one out in the seventh inning. Bud Harrelson followed with a double to score Theodore. The Mets then tied the game in the eighth when Theodore singled home Cleon Jones.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tug McGraw relieved Phil Hennigan and escaped a bases-loaded situation. The Dodgers filled the sacks again in the tenth on singles by Davis and Joe Ferguson and a walk to Crawford. McGraw then got Ron Cey to hit a ground ball to third, where Garrett threw to Duffy Dyer to force Davis at home. A double play was completed when Dyer threw to Ed Kranepool at first base. Tug got Chris Cannizzaro to ground out to Garrett, ending the inning.
In the 12th, McGraw got Russell for another bases-loaded double play to end the inning. The Mets then had a runner on second base with one out in the 13th, but failed to score. Reliever George Stone retired the Dodgers in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward.
Kranepool singled off Charlie Hough with one out in the 14th. Garrett then reached base an error by Crawford, but Kranepool was thrown out trying to score on the play. Millan followed with a single before Hough got Jones to foul out.
Stone held the Dodgers scoreless from the 14th inning to the 18th. Meanwhile, Hough and reliever Doug Rau shut down the Mets. The teams combined for only six singles against the three pitchers over the five innings.
Jones led off the top of the 19th inning with a single against Rau. Staub followed with a double (the Mets' 20th hit) that scored Jones from first base to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Ken Boswell, pinch-hitting for Stone, then singled to bring Rusty home. Later in the inning, Kranepool doubled with two out to score Boswell and Dyer.
Jim McAndrew held Los Angeles scoreless in the bottom of the 19th to end the game. The Mets' western swing got started with a marathon victory. The game concluded at 1:42 AM Pacific Time and 4:42 AM Eastern Time.