September 20, 1968: Mets Come Back to Sweep Phils
|Date: September 20, 1968|
|Mets starter: Don Cardwell|
|Winning pitcher: Cal Koonce|
|Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Art Shamsky, Ed Charles, Cal Koonce|
|Key play: Charles’ single in 7th, Shamsky’s single in 8th|
The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a Friday doubleheader. After winning the first game, the Mets looked for a sweep of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. The team came back from a four-run deficit for a 5-4 victory over the Phils.
Philadelphia starter Larry Jackson pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Tony Taylor led off with a single against Mets’ starter Don Cardwell. Roberto Pena hit into a force play and Tony Gonzalez drew a walk. Dick Allen doubled to score Pena with Gonzalez also crossing the plate on an error by second baseman Ken Boswell. Johnny Briggs singled to drive home Allen and advanced to third on center fielder Tommie Agee’s error. A sacrifice fly by Cookie Rojas plated Briggs with the Phillies’ fourth run. Cardwell then retired Doug Clemens on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones to end the inning.
Following a scoreless second, Jackson retired the side in order in the top of the third. Mets’ reliever Nolan Ryan shut down the Phils in the bottom of the inning. Boswell singled and went to third base on Jones’ ensuing double to begin the top of the fourth. A single by Art Shamsky scored Boswell and moved Jones to third. J. C. Martin hit into a double play on which Jones came home to cut the Philadelphia lead to 4-2. Ed Kranepool hit a line drive to first baseman Briggs for the third out. Ryan then set down three straight Phillies batters after a walk to Clemens in the bottom half.
Jackson set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Ryan walked Pena and Gonzalez to start the bottom half. A passed ball by catcher Martin advanced the runners to second and third. Allen was walked intentionally to load the bases. Facing Mets’ reliever Don Shaw, Briggs hit a ground ball on which Boswell threw to Martin for a force out at home on Pena. Shaw then got Rojas to hit a grounder to third baseman Jerry Buchek for an inning-ending double play.
Bud Harrelson singled and moved to second on Boswell’s ground out to open the top of the sixth. Jones hit a single to right field that brought home Harrelson. Phils’ reliever Turk Farrell struck out Shamsky and Martin to end the inning. Shaw retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Agee singled and stole second base. Pinch-hitter Ed Charles hit a single to score Tommie with the tying run. Farrell fanned Harrelson for the third out. The Phillies then failed to score despite loading the bases against Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce in the bottom of the inning.
Jones tripled with one out in the top of the eighth. Shamsky’s ensuing single scored Cleon to put the Mets in front. Phils’ reliever Grant Jackson came in to pitch and got Martin to hit into a force play. Kranepool popped out to shortstop Pena to close out the inning. Koonce retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half. Grant Jackson then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.
Taylor flied out to Agee to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Pena hit a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson for the second out. Koonce then got Gonzalez on a ground ball to Boswell to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind win for a doubleheader sweep.