September 28, 1970: Clendenon and Garrett Homer to Beat Cubs
|Date: September 28, 1970|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella|
|Key player(s): Donn Clendenon, Wayne Garrett|
|Key play: Clendenon’s homer in 9th, Garrett’s homer in 10th|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a season-closing four-game series. Donn Clendenon and Wayne Garrett hit home runs in the ninth and tenth innings, respectively, to give the Mets a 6-3 win over Chicago.
Mets’ starter Gary Gentry set down the Cubs in order in the top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Leroy Stanton tripled to right field for his first major league hit. Garrett drew a walk and Cleon Jones hit into a double play on which pinch-runner Rod Gaspar scored. Chicago starter Ken Holtzman retired Clendenon on a fly ball to right fielder Billy Williams to end the inning. Gentry and Holtzman then pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth.
To open the top of the sixth inning, Don Kessinger drew a walk and moved to second base on Glenn Beckert’s sacrifice bunt. Williams was hit by a pitch and Tommy Davis hit a three-run homer to put the Cubs ahead. Gentry retired Jim Hickman on a ground ball to third baseman Joe Foy and got Joe Pepitone to foul out to first baseman Clendenon. Holtzman shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning. Mets reliever Tug McGraw set down all six Chicago batters in the seventh and eighth. Holtzman, meanwhile, recorded four strikeouts in a pair of perfect bottom halves.
Danny Frisella retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning. Jones singled with two outs in the bottom half. Clendenon hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Ron Swoboda followed with a single to right field and Holtzman got Foy on an inning-ending foul pop-up to catcher Randy Hundley. Frisella then pitched a perfect top of the 10th.
Jerry Grote began the bottom of the 10th inning with a double off Chicago reliever Hoyt Wilhelm. A sacrifice bunt by Bud Harrelson advanced pinch-runner Al Weis to third base. Pinch-hitter Art Shamsky was retired on a grounder back to Wilhelm and a walk to pinch-hitter Dave Marshall ensued. Garrett came to bat and hit a three-run homer to end the game. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.