September 22, 1970: Mets Rebound to Beat Phillies

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Date: September 22, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 7
Phillies: 6
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Ken Boswell, Tommie Agee
Key play: Clendenon’s, Boswell’s and Agee’s two-run singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. After squandering a three-run lead in the eighth inning, the Mets scored twice in the ninth for a 7-6 win over the Phils.

Jim McAndrew and the Phillies’ Jim Bunning each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Bunning set down the side in order in the top of the third and Oscar Gamble hit a triple to open the bottom half. Larry Hisle tripled to bring home Gamble with the first run of the game. Bunning went down on strikes and Larry Bowa singled to score Hisle for a 2-0 Philadelphia lead. Bowa moved to second base on a wild pitch and Tony Taylor was struck out. Ron Stone then lined out to McAndrew to finish off the inning.

Both McAndrew and Bunning hurled perfect fourth and fifth innings. Bud Harrelson drew a walk to lead off the top of the sixth. Harrelson stole second base and pinch-hitter Dave Marshall was retired on a foul fly ball to left fielder Stone. Tommie Agee took a called third strike and Wayne Garrett hit a double to drive home Harrelson. Cleon Jones drew a walk (after which Bunning was ejected by home plate umpire Stan Landes) and Phils’ reliever Woodie Fryman issued a walk to Art Shamsky that loaded the bases. Donn Clendenon hit a single to score both Garrett and Jones, putting the Mets ahead by a run. On his own hit, Clendenon advanced to second base via a throw. Ken Boswell singled to plate Shamsky and Clendenon for a 5-2 New York lead. Phillies’ reliever Bill Wilson got Jerry Grote on a force play ground ball to shortstop Bowa to end the inning. For the Mets, reliever Danny Frisella pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Wilson shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Frisella retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Wilson did the same in the top of the eighth. Gamble got an infield single against Frisella to begin the bottom half. Hisle drew a walk and pinch-hitter Willie Montanez singled to load the bases. Terry Harmon was called out on strikes. Taylor followed with a triple, driving home Gamble, Hisle and Montanez with the tying runs. Against Mets’ reliever Nolan Ryan, Stone hit a sacrifice fly that scored Taylor and gave the Phils a 6-5 lead. Ryan then retired Deron Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Agee to close out the inning.

Boswell singled against Philadelphia reliever Dick Selma to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool hit a single and Harrelson drew a walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda went down on strikes. Agee followed with a single that scored Boswell and pinch-runner Al Weis for a one-run Mets lead. On Tommie’s hit, Harrelson moved to third. Agee stole second and Garrett was called out on strikes. Jones drew a walk that loaded the bases once again. Selma then threw a called third strike past Rod Gaspar to close out the inning.

Tim McCarver drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Dean Chance to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Don Money singled and Gamble hit a grounder on which catcher Duffy Dyer threw to third baseman Garrett for a force out on pinch-runner Grant Jackson. Chance got Hisle to hit a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for a game-ending double play. The Mets had come away with a victory.


  • The save for Chance was his only one as a National League pitcher.