May 30, 1969: Comeback Win Over Giants
|Date: May 30, 1969|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Ron Swoboda, Rod Gaspar, Duffy Dyer|
|Key play: Gaspar's home run, Swoboda's single, Dyer's single|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 52,272 fans on hand. The Mets scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings for a come-from-behind 4-3 win over San Francisco.
Tom Seaver and Giants' starter Mike McCormick each pitched a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Willie McCovey hit a leadoff home run and Seaver retired the next three batters. McCormick shut down the Mets without a hit in the bottom of the inning and Hal Lanier singled to begin the top of the third. McCormick laid down a successful sacrifice bunt and Lanier moved to third base on Don Mason's ground out to second baseman Al Weis. An ensuing single by Ron Hunt scored Lanier for a 2-0 San Francisco lead. Seaver struck out Willie Mays to end the inning. McCormick then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Seaver and McCormick pitched scoreless and hitless ball. Mason drew a walk to start the top of the sixth and advanced to second base on Hunt's sacrifice bunt. Mason moved to third on Mays' single and came home on McCovey's sacrifice fly to left fielder Ron Swoboda. Seaver fanned Jim Ray Hart for the third out of the inning. McCormick kept his no-hit bid intact by shutting down the Mets in the bottom half. Seaver then pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh.
Swoboda homered for the Mets' first hit off McCormick to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. McCormick set down the next three batters and Seaver retired the Giants in order in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Rod Gaspar hit a home run to cut the Giants' lead to 3-2. Tommie Agee singled and went to second on a single by Cleon Jones off San Francisco reliever Frank Linzy. Swoboda delivered a single that plated Agee to tie the game at 3-3. Against reliever Joe Gibbon, pinch-hitter Duffy Dyer singled to score Jones and put the Mets ahead. Gibbon then retired Jerry Grote on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out.
Mets' reliever Ron Taylor struck out Mays and McCovey to open the top of the ninth inning. Ken Henderson followed with a single to right field. Taylor then got Bobby Bonds on a pop-up to shortstop Bud Harrelson to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to start the weekend series.
- Gaspar's home run was the only one of his major league career.