October 15, 1969: Game Four of World Series
|Date: October 15, 1969|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Ron Swoboda, J. C. Martin|
|Key play: Swoboda's catch, Martin's bunt|
The Mets faced the Orioles in the fourth game of the World Series on a Wednesday afternoon. A crowd of 57,367 was on hand at Shea Stadium. The Mets scored a run in the 10th inning for a 2-1 win over Baltimore to take a three-games-to-one lead in the Series.
Following a scoreless first, Mets’ starter Tom Seaver shut down the Orioles again in the top of the second. Donn Clendenon led off the bottom half with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Baltimore starter Mike Cuellar retired the next three batters to close out the inning and a single by Mark Belanger opened the top of the third. Cuellar followed with a single and Don Buford hit a grounder on which first baseman Clendenon grabbed a high hop for a force out on Cuellar at second. Seaver threw out Paul Blair on a bunt attempt for the second out. Frank Robinson fouled out to Clendenon to end the inning. Cuellar then shut down the Mets despite singles by Al Weis and Tommie Agee in the bottom half.
Seaver and Cuellar each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. In the eighth, Tom retired the Orioles in order and Baltimore reliever Eddie Watt set down all three New York batters. With one out in the top of the ninth, Frank Robinson singled and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by Boog Powell. Brooks Robinson hit a line drive on which right fielder Ron Swoboda made a diving catch. Frank Robinson scored after Swoboda’s outstanding grab to tie the game. Elrod Hendricks lined out to Swoboda to end the inning. The Mets had runners at first and second base with two outs in the bottom half. Watt then retired pinch-hitter Art Shamsky on a ground ball to second baseman Davey Johnson to send the game onward.
The Orioles failed to score against Seaver in the top of the 10th. Facing Baltimore reliever Dick Hall, Jerry Grote led off the bottom half with a shallow fly ball. Left fielder Buford got a late start and the ball dropped in for a two-base hit. Weis was given an intentional walk and reliever Pete Richert came in to pitch for the Birds. Pinch-hitting for Seaver, J. C. Martin laid down a bunt between first base and the mound. Richert made a throw that hit Martin on the wrist and caromed away. Pinch-runner Rod Gaspar came home to score and end the game. The Mets had their third win of the Series in exciting fashion.