May 25, 1971: Aspromonte's Single in 12th
|Date: May 25, 1971|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella|
|Key player(s): Bob Aspromonte|
|Key play: Reynolds' balk, Aspromonte's single|
The Mets and Phillies played on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. It was a 3-hour and 18-minute game that went into extra innings. The Mets came out on top, 5-4, on Bob Aspromonte's single in the 12th.
The Phils got a run in the first inning against Mets' starter Jerry Koosman. Terry Harmon led off with a triple and came home on Deron Johnson's sacrifice fly. The Mets came back with three runs in the bottom half on Donn Clendenon's sacrifice fly, Cleon Jones' double that scored Tim Foli and Aspromonte's ground out on which Tommie Agee crossed the plate.
Johnson's two-run homer tied the game for Philadelphia in the top of the third. In the fourth, the Phillies took a 4-3 lead on Harmon's sacrifice fly that brought home Larry Bowa. The Mets then scored in the bottom of the fifth on a balk by the Phils' Ken Reynolds that allowed Koosman to come home with the tying run.
Koosman and Reynolds each pitched scoreless ball from the sixth inning to the eighth. Jerry again set down the Phillies in the ninth and the Mets failed to score against reliever Jim Bunning. Danny Frisella then pitched shutout relief while Bunning continued to do the same through the 10th and 11th innings.
Frisella struck out two batters in retiring the Phils in the 12th. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets had runners on first and second base with two out when Aspromonte delivered a single to right field off Bunning. Clendonon came around to score and the Mets had a win.