May 4, 1969: McGraw Hurls Complete Game for Sweep

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Date: May 4, 1969
Mets starter: Tug McGraw
Mets: 3
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Tug McGraw, Ken Boswell, Cleon Jones
Key play: Boswell’s double, Jones’ single, Selma’s wild pitch in 7th

The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Tug McGraw pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated Chicago, 3-2.

Rod Gaspar drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. Wayne Garrett was called out on strikes and Ken Boswell doubled to drive home Gaspar. A single by Cleon Jones scored Boswell with the Mets’ second run. With Ed Kranepool at bat, Jones was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Randy Hundley to second baseman Glenn Beckert. Cubs’ starter Dick Selma then struck out Kranepool to end the inning.

Don Kessinger hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the first. Kessinger advanced to third base on a single by Beckert and came home on Billy Williams’ single to right field. Ron Santo followed with a double play ground ball to third baseman Garrett on which Beckert scored from third to tie the game. McGraw then got Ernie Banks on a pop-up to second baseman Boswell for the inning’s final out.

Selma and McGraw each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Tug surrendered just a walk and a pair of singles while Selma held the Mets to three hits (two by Garrett and one by Boswell) over the five-inning stretch. Kranepool grounded out to Beckert to begin the top of the seventh. Ron Swoboda drew a walk and Jerry Grote flied out to right fielder Jim Hickman. A single by Al Weis moved Swoboda to second base. With McGraw at the plate, Selma threw a wild pitch that brought home Swoboda and sent Weis all the way to third. Tug drew a walk and Phil Regan came in to pitch for the Cubs. Regan retired Gaspar on a grounder to third baseman Santo for the third out of the inning.

Banks got a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh. Hundley singled and Hickman followed with a force play ground ball to Boswell. McGraw fanned Don Young to close out the inning and Garrett hit a single to begin the top of the eighth. Boswell singled and Jones grounded out to Beckert. Kranepool was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Swoboda hit a grounder on which Regan threw to Hundley for an out at home on Garrett. Hundley made a throw to first baseman Banks to complete an inning-ending double play. McGraw then gave up just a walk to Beckert in the bottom half.

Chicago reliever Ted Abernathy pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Santo went down on strikes to open the bottom of the inning. Banks singled and Hundley flied out to center fielder Tommie Agee. Hickman hit a single to advance pinch-runner Nate Oliver to third base. McGraw then struck out pinch-hitter Gene Oliver to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.