May 3, 1970: Mets Beat Padres for DH Split
|Date: May 3, 1970|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry|
|Key player(s): Art Shamsky, Joe Foy, Tug McGraw|
|Key play: Shamsky’s single, Foy’s double|
The Mets and Padres played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. The Mets came away with a 3-2 win.
Bud Harrelson singled against Padres’ starter Pat Dobson with one out in the top of the first inning. Joe Foy drew a walk and Art Shamsky hit a single to drive home Harrelson with the first run of the game. Dobson struck out both Mike Jorgensen and Dave Marshall to end the inning. Mets’ starter Gary Gentry then pitched a perfect bottom half.
After a scoreless second, Dobson surrendered only a walk to Shamsky in the top of the third. Ed Spiezio got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. With Chris Cannizzaro at bat, Spiezio stole second base and went to third on an error by catcher Duffy Dyer. Cannizzaro flied out to right fielder Shamsky and a strikeout of Dobson ensued. Dave Campbell singled to score Spiezio and tie the game at 1-1. Campbell stole second and Gentry retired Steve Huntz on a foul pop-up to Dyer that closed out the inning.
Wayne Garrett drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Dyer singled and Gentry’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Tommie Agee grounded out to Dobson to drive home Garrett and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Harrelson walked and Dobson retired Foy on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cito Gaston. With two outs in the bottom half, Ramon Webster reached on Dyer’s interference. Gentry then struck out Ivan Murrell to end the inning.
Dobson set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Gentry hurled a scoreless bottom half and Dobson surrendered just a walk to Dyer in the top of the sixth. Al Ferrara hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the inning. Webster was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Marshall. Murrell singled to score Ferrara and retie the game. Gentry then got Spiezio to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Foy for the inning’s final out.
Agee singled to begin the top of the seventh. Tommie moved to second base on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Foy hit a double to score Agee and give the Mets a one-run lead. Dobson retired Shamsky on a fly ball to Murrell and threw a called third strike past Gentry to close out the inning. Gary then held the Padres to a walk to Cannizzaro in the bottom half.
San Diego reliever Danny Coombs set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the eighth. The Mets’ Tug McGraw hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and singled to open the top of the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by Agee sent McGraw to second base. Harrelson was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Nate Colbert. Coombs then got Foy to ground out to shortstop Huntz and finish off the inning.
Murrell grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Spiezio hit a single and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Jose Arcia. On McGraw’s third strike to pinch-hitter Ollie Brown, Arcia was caught stealing via a throw by Dyer to second baseman Garrett for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.