September 12, 1971: Jorgensen's Single Wins It
|Date: September 12, 1971|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella|
|Key player(s): Mike Jorgensen, Danny Frisella|
|Key play: Jorgensen's single in 9th|
The Mets and Phillies concluded a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. It was an overcast day that produced an eighth inning rain delay. After the game resumed, the Mets came up with a 3-2 win on Mike Jorgensen's run-scoring single in the ninth inning.
Gary Gentry started the game with three scoreless innings, allowing only a walk to the Phils' Greg Luzinski. The Mets took a 1-0 lead against the Phils' Billy Champion in the third on a double by Dave Marshall that brought home Bud Harrelson. The Phillies tied the game on Luzinski's home run off Gentry leading off the fifth.
With Tim McCarver at bat for the Phils in the sixth, Tug McGraw came in to relieve an injured Gentry. McCarver drew a walk and then advanced to second on McGraw's wild pitch. Deron Johnson later singled with two out to score McCarver and give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead.
Cleon Jones, pinch-hitting for McGraw, started the bottom of the seventh with a single off Champion. Pinch-runner Ken Boswell moved to second on a sacrifice before Wayne Garrett drew a walk. Joe Hoerner then came in to relieve Champion and gave up a single to Donn Clendenon that scored Boswell with the tying run. Hoerner got the next two Met batters to end the inning.
Following the rain delay, the Mets put two runners on base with one out in the eighth. However, Hoerner retired the Mets to keep the tie intact. In the ninth, Mets' reliever Danny Frisella got the Phils out in order.
Frisella walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Ed Kranepool followed with an infield single. On Ed's hit, Hoerner made an error that allowed Kranepool and Frisella to move up to second and third, respectively. Jorgensen then hit a single to score Frisella with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory and a sweep of the series.