September 1, 1970: Mets Beat Cardinals in 12 Innings

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Date: September 1, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 3
Winning pitcher: Ron Herbel
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Clendenon's RBI single, Kranepool's RBI single, Jones' sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The game lasted nearly three hours and was decided in extra innings. The Mets got a run in the top of the 12th to come away with a 4-3 win.

The Mets scored against Cardinals' starter Bob Gibson in the first inning. Wayne Garrett singled and came home on a two-out triple by Art Shamsky. Mets' starter Jim McAndrew retired St. Louis in order in the bottom half. Gibson and McAndrew each pitched a perfect second inning and the Mets didn't score in the top of the third. The Cards then tied the game on Leron Lee's home run leading off the bottom of the third inning.

McAndrew and Gibson each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Jim set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth and gave up a single to Gibson in the sixth. Gibson allowed a single to Garrett in the top of the sixth and retired the other nine Mets batters. Seven of the nine outs recorded by McAndrew came of fly balls to the outfield. Left fielder Cleon Jones had three putouts in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the seventh, Gibson pitched a perfect inning on three infield grounders. Joe Hague and Joe Torre started the bottom half with singles for the Cardinals. After Jose Cardenal popped out to second baseman Ken Boswell, McAndrew yielded a double to Ted Simmmons that scored Hague and put St. Louis ahead, 2-1. Lee was walked intentionally and McAndrew got Dal Maxvill to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning.

Dave Marshall opened the top of the eighth with a single. Batting for McAndrew, Ken Singleton drew a walk to put Met runners on first and second base. Gibson struck out Tommie Agee and got Garrett to hit into an inning-ending double play. Mets' reliever Ray Sadecki then shut down the Redbirds in the bottom of the inning.

In the ninth, Jones hit a leadoff double and advanced to third base on Shamsky's infield grounder. Donn Clendenon singled to score Cleon and moved to second on left fielder Lou Brock's error. Gibson walked Boswell intentionally and retired the next two batters. In relief, Danny Frisella pitched a scoreless bottom half for the Mets to send the game into extra innings.

Frisella and Garrett got singles in the top of the 10th, but the Mets failed to score against Gibson. Danny set down the Redbirds with a perfect bottom of the inning. The Mets took a 3-2 lead on Ed Kranepool's two-out single that scored Jerry Grote in the top of the 11th. Gibson then retired Agee to end the inning.

For St. Louis, Jim Beauchamp singled off Rich Folkers with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. Torre followed with a single off Mets' reliever Ron Herbel. Cardenal flied out to center fielder Agee before Simmons singled to score Beauchamp and tie the game. Trying to advance to third base on the hit, Torre was out on a throw from Jones to Joe Foy.

Garrett led off the top of the 12th inning with a single. Wayne stole second base and went to third on an error by Cardinals' shortstop Milt Ramirez. Jones hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Garrett and reclaim the lead for the Mets. Gibson then retired Shamsky on a ground ball and struck out Clendenon for the final out of the inning.

Lee singled off Herbel to begin the bottom of the 12th. Maxvill's sacrifice bunt moved Lee to second base and Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets. McGraw got Vic Davalillo to ground out to Boswell for the second out of the inning. He then retired Brock on a line drive to Jones to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.


  • The win for Herbel was his first as a Met. Ron had been acquired from the Padres earlier in the day.
  • The loss for Gibson prevented him from becoming a 20-game winner on this night. Five days later, he achieved this feat against the Montreal Expos.