May 25, 1972: Mets Beat Cubs in 14 Innings

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Date: May 25, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Duffy Dyer, Cleon Jones, Willie Mays
Key play: Dyer’s home run, Jones’ and Mays’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In 14 innings, the Mets came away with a 3-2 win.

Jon Matlack and the Cubs’ Bill Hands each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Hands shut down the Mets again in the top of the sixth and Jose Cardenal singled with one out in the bottom half. Cardenal stole second base and Glenn Beckert drew a walk. Billy Williams was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Willie Mays and a double by Carmen Fanzone drove home both Cardenal and Beckert for a 2-0 Chicago lead. Jim Hickman was given an intentional walk. Matlack then got Paul Popovich to line out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and end the inning.

Cubs’ reliever Tom Phoebus hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Rick Monday hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Phoebus followed with a ground ball on which Monday got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Matlack. Cardenal hit a force play grounder to Harrelson that closed out the inning and Duffy Dyer led off the top of the eight with a home run. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool grounded out to second baseman Beckert and a fly ball by Mays was caught by right fielder Cardenal. Harrelson got an infield single and John Milner hit a force play grounder to shortstop Popovich for the inning’s third out. Mets’ reliever Chuck Taylor then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Rusty Staub doubled to open the top of the ninth. Cleon Jones hit a single to score Staub and tie the game at 2-2. With Jim Fregosi at bat, Jones was caught stealing second base on catcher Ken Rudolph’s throw to Popovich. Fregosi grounded out to Popovich and a walk to Wayne Garrett ensued. Phoebus retired Dyer on a fly ball to Cardenal to finish off the inning and Taylor hit Rudolph with a pitch to begin the bottom half. Monday got a bunt single and Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets. Kessinger followed with a bunt on which catcher Dyer threw to third baseman Fregosi for an out on pinch-runner Gene Hiser. McGraw then got Cardenal to hit a ground ball to Harrelson for an inning-ending double play.

Chicago reliever Dan McGinn set down the side in order in the top of the 10th. Williams singled with one out in the bottom half. With Fanzone at the plate, Williams moved to second base on a wild pitch and continued to third via an error by Dyer. Fanzone and Hickman were walked intentionally to load the bases and Popovich hit a grounder on which Harrelson threw to Dyer for an out at home on Williams. McGraw then got Randy Hundley to pop out to second baseman Garrett and finish off the inning.

McGinn and McGraw each pitched scoreless ball from the 11th to the 13th. Garrett hit a single with one out in the top of the 14th. Dyer popped out to Beckert and a walk to pinch-hitter Jim Beauchamp followed. Mays hit a single to bring home Garrett and put the Mets ahead by a run. McGinn then retired Harrelson on a pop-up to first baseman Hickman to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jerry Koosman got Beckert on a ground ball to Garrett to open the bottom of the 14th. Williams was retired on a fly ball to Mays. Koosman then got Fanzone to ground out to Fregosi and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the series.


  • The save for Koosman was the first of his major league career