September 10, 1970: Jones' Triple Beats Phils in 14th
|Date: September 10, 1970|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Herbel|
|Key player(s): Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones' triple in 14th|
The Mets and Phillies completed a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Thursday afternoon. The game lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes as the teams battled for 14 innings. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on Cleon Jones' run-scoring triple.
Jerry Koosman blanked the Phils on one hit through the first five innings. A double by Don Money in the top of the fourth was the lone hit off Jerry. Meanwhile, the Mets got two runs against Philadelphia's Jim Bunning when Bud Harrelson stole home and Art Shamsky singled to score Wayne Garrett in the bottom of the third.
Larry Bowa doubled off Koosman with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Johnny Briggs followed with a home run to tie the game, 2-2. Jerry then pitched two scoreless innings, as did Woodie Fryman for the Phils to keep the game knotted through the end of the eighth.
From the ninth inning to the twelfth, Danny Frisella and the Phils' Dick Selma each pitched four innings of scoreless relief. Frisella retired all 12 Phillie batters he faced while Selma struck out six Mets and allowed only a walk to Jones and a single to Ken Boswell (his fourth hit of the game.) In the 13th, Frisella held down the Phils despite Bowa's double and the Mets were shut down by Philadelphia reliever Joe Hoerner.
Ron Herbel retired the first two Phils hitters in the top of the fourteenth inning. He then gave up a double to Tim McCarver and a grounder to Denny Doyle on which Harrelson made a bad throw. McCarver tried to score on the error, but got caught between third and home. He was tagged out by third baseman Garrett for the final out of the inning.
Tommie Agee singled off Hoerner to begin the bottom of the 14th. After Garrett lined out to center fielder Briggs, Jones came to bat. Cleon hit a drive past Briggs for a triple to score Agee and end the ballgame. The Mets had a victory to keep them in a first place tie with the Pirates and maintain a one-game lead over the Cubs in the National League East Division standings.