May 9, 1970: Mets Romp Giants With 15 Hits

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Date: May 9, 1970
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 14
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Dave Marshall, Art Shamsky, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Mets’ two-run singles

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 41,655 fans on hand. The Mets pounded out fifteen hits in a 14-5 win over San Francisco.

Bobby Bonds hit a double against Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman to lead off the top of the first inning. Ron Hunt grounded out to second baseman Ken Boswell and a strikeout of Willie Mays ensued. Willie McCovey hit a single to score Bonds with the first run of the game. Koosman retired Ken Henderson on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee. For the Giants, Rich Robertson gave up just a walk to Agee in the bottom half.

Koosman pitched a scoreless top of the second. Boswell singled to begin the bottom half. With Donn Clendenon at bat, Boswell was caught by Robertson’s pickoff throw and tagged out by shortstop Hal Lanier. Clendenon was struck out and consecutive walks to Wayne Garrett and Duffy Dyer followed. Koosman walked to load the bases and Agee drew the Mets’ fourth straight base on balls to force home Garrett. Bud Harrelson hit a single to drive home Dyer and Koosman for a 3-1 Mets lead. Robertson then got Dave Marshall to fly out to right fielder Bonds and finish off the inning.

Mays drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. McCovey doubled to drive home Mays and an ensuing home run by Henderson put the Giants ahead, 4-3. Dick Dietz was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Art Shamsky, who hit a game-tying homer to begin the bottom half. Robertson got both Boswell and Clendenon on fly balls to center fielder Mays and followed up with walks to Garrett and Dyer. San Francisco reliever Frank Linzy then struck out Koosman to end the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Koosman shut down the Giants again in the top of the fifth. Shamsky hit a leadoff double against Linzy in the bottom half. Art advanced to third base on Boswell’s single and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Clendenon. With Giants’ reliever Ron Bryant on the mound facing pinch-hitter Joe Foy, a passed ball by catcher Dietz allowed Boswell to score from third base. Foy drew a walk and Dyer was called out on strikes. Koosman and Agee followed with back-to-back singles that plated Clendenon and Foy, respectively, to increase the Mets’ lead to 8-4. Bryant was then replaced on the mound by San Francisco’s Frank Reberger.

Harrelson greeted Reberger with a single to load the bases. Marshall singled to drive home Koosman and Agee with the Mets’ ninth and tenth runs and moved to second on a throw. Shamsky hit a single to score Harrelson and Marshall for an eight-run inning and a 12-4 New York lead. Boswell was retired on a foul fly ball to Bonds. Clendenon got an infield single and Foy walked to load the bases once again. Reberger then threw a called third strike past Dyer to close out the inning.

Dietz drew a walk to open the top of the sixth. Tito Fuentes singled and Lanier hit a force play ground ball to Boswell. Pinch-hitter Al Gallagher was struck out and Bonds hit a single to drive home Dietz with the Giants’ fifth run. Koosman then retired Hunt on a fly ball to Agee for the inning’s third out.

Agee drew a one-out walk against San Francisco reliever Don McMahon in the bottom of the sixth inning. Harrelson singled and went to second base on a throw. Marshall followed with a single that scored Agee and Harrelson with the thirteenth and fourteenth Mets runs of the game. McMahon set down the next two New York batters to end the inning and Koosman yielded only a double to Henderson in the top of the seventh. McMahon then surrendered just a walk to Foy (the Mets’ eleventh of the game) in the bottom half.

Koosman and Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor combined for a scoreless top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Marshall singled against the Giants’ Mike McCormick for the fifteenth New York hit. McCormick got Ron Swoboda on a ground ball to Lanier for the final out of the inning and Steve Whitaker went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. McCovey was retired on a grounder to Boswell. Taylor then got Henderson to fly out to left fielder Marshall and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • Whitaker’s strikeout in the ninth inning was his final appearance of his five-season major league career.