October 1, 1969: Mets Win 100th Game of Season

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Date: October 1, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 6
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Tommie Agee, Ron Taylor, Art Shamsky
Key play: Harrelson’s two-run single, Agee’s double, Shamsky’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams went into extra innings in the penultimate game of the season. In the 12th, the Mets emerged with a 6-5 victory over Chicago for their 100th win of the year.

Cubs’ starter Ken Holtzman pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Paul Popovich got a one-out single and advanced to third base on a single by Billy Williams. Ron Santo hit a sacrifice fly to score Popovich for the first run of the game. Ernie Banks doubled to drive home Williams and extend the Chicago lead to 2-0. Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman then walked Jim Hickman and retired Randy Hundley on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Ron Swoboda singled to open the top of the second. An ensuing single by Jerry Grote sent Swoboda around to third. Ed Charles reached on an error by shortstop Don Kessinger on which Swoboda came home. Holtzman struck out Al Weis and caught a pop-up by Koosman. Cleon Jones hit into a force play for the third out. The Cubs were then shut down by Koosman in the bottom of the inning.

After a scoreless third, Grote walked to lead off the top of the fourth. Charles singled to right field and Weis popped out to first baseman Banks. Koosman’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Jones loaded the bases. Bud Harrelson hit a single to center field to score Grote and Charles for a 3-2 Mets lead. Holtzman threw a called third strike past Tommie Agee to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Don Young homered to tie the game for Chicago. Koosman then retired Holtzman and Kessinger for the second and third outs.

Holtzman and Koosman each pitched a perfect fifth inning. The Mets were shut down by Holtzman again in the top of the sixth and reliever Tug McGraw held the Cubs without a run in the bottom half. Following a scoreless seventh, Holtzman retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Nolan Ryan then set down all three Chicago batters in the bottom of the inning.

The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the ninth. Agee hit a double to right field, scoring Wayne Garrett and Jones for a 5-3 New York lead. Donn Clendenon hit a ground ball back to Holtzman for the third out of the inning. Ryan issued one-out walks to pinch-hitter Willie Smith and Kessinger in the bottom half. Popovich singled to score Smith and send Kessinger to third base. Against Mets’ reliever Jack DiLauro, Williams grounded out to first baseman Clendenon to drive home Kessinger with the tying run. Santo was given an intentional walk. Reliever Ron Taylor then got Banks on a grounder to third baseman Garrett to end the inning.

Cubs’ reliever Phil Regan set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th. Young singled with two outs in the bottom half. With Regan at bat, Young was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Grote to shortstop Harrelson for the third out. The Mets were retired in order by Regan in the top of the 11th. Taylor then shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning.

Harrelson doubled off Chicago’s Dick Selma to start the top of the 12th. Agee grounded out to second baseman Popovich to move Bud to third base. Pinch-hitter Art Shamsky hit a single off reliever Hank Aguirre to bring home Harrelson and give the Mets a one-run lead. With Swoboda at bat, Ted Abernanthy threw a wild pitch that sent pinch-runner Jim Gosger to second. Swoboda drew a walk and Grote flied out to right fielder Hickman. Abernanthy then retired Ed Kranepool on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Bob Johnson got Santo on a ground ball to Garrett to begin the bottom of the 12th inning. Banks hit a double to center field. Hickman took a called third strike for the second out and Hundley drew a walk. Johnson then retired Young on a fly ball to left fielder Gosger to end the game. The Mets had their 100th victory of the season.

Notes

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