September 4, 1971: Mets Defeat Phillies in 10 Innings

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Date: September 4, 1971
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Bud Harrelson, Tug McGraw
Key play: Jones’ homer, Harrelson’s double and single

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening. The teams went into extra innings in the opener of the twinbill at Veterans Stadium. The Mets scored a run in the 10th inning for a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Phils’ starter Wayne Twitchell pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Mike Anderson singled against the Mets’ Jerry Koosman with two outs in the bottom half. Deron Johnson hit a home run for a 2-0 Phillies lead and Greg Luzinski singled to left field. Koosman then retired Roger Freed on a ground ball to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the inning’s final out.

Following a scoreless second inning, Koosman got an infield single with one out in the top of the third. Jerry advanced to second base on Harrelson’s ground out to first baseman Luzinski and came around to score as Wayne Garrett reached on right fielder Freed’s two-base error. Cleon Jones homered to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Ed Kranepool hit a single and Twitchell got Ken Boswell on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Larry Hisle. Koosman then set down all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.

Twitchell limited the Mets to singles by Don Hahn and Koosman in the top of the fourth inning. To begin the bottom half, Luzinski hit a double and moved to third base on a single by Freed. A passed ball allowed Freed to advance to second and Pete Koegel singled to bring home Luzinski with the tying run. Hisle hit a force play grounder to third baseman Garrett and a pop-up by pinch-hitter Bobby Pfeil was caught by second baseman Boswell. Koosman then retired Larry Bowa on a fly ball to left fielder Jones that closed out the inning.

Phils’ reliever Bucky Brandon hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Koosman set down the side in order in the bottom half and Dave Marshall drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Duffy Dyer singled and Hahn walked to load the bases. Koosman went down on strikes and a double by Harrelson brought home Marshall and Dyer for a 5-3 Mets lead. Brandon was then replaced on the mound by Philadelphia’s Billy Wilson, who struck out Garrett and Jones to finish off the inning.

Luzinski drew a walk against Koosman to open the bottom of the sixth. Freed doubled to score Luzinski with the Phillies’ fourth run of the game. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw struck out Koegel and retired Hisle on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. With pinch-hitter Tim McCarver at bat, a wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Oscar Gamble to third base. McGraw then got McCarver to ground out to Kranepool and end the inning.

Phils’ reliever Joe Hoerner yielded only a single to Boswell in the top of the seventh. Bowa hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Don Money grounded out to Harrelson and a ground ball by Anderson was fielded by McGraw. Tug tagged Bowa for the second out and fanned Johnson to finish off the inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, McGraw hit a double to center field. Harrelson grounded out to shortstop Bowa and a wild pitch moved Tug to third base. Consecutive walks to Garrett and Jones loaded the bases. Kranepool then put down a bunt on which Hoerner tagged McGraw coming to the plate for the third out of the inning.

Luzinski drew a walk to begin the bottom of the eighth. Gamble’s sacrifice bunt advanced Luzinski to second base and Koegel was struck out. Hisle doubled to drive home Luzinski and tie the game at 5-5. Pinch-hitter Joe Lis grounded out to Garrett to end the inning and Philadelphia reliever Dick Selma set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the ninth. McGraw then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Hahn hit a single to open the top of the 10th inning. Don moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by McGraw. Harrelson followed with a single that scored Hahn and put the Mets ahead by a run. On his own hit, Bud went to second on right fielder Gamble’s throw to the plate. Garrett flied out to center fielder Anderson to advance Harrelson to third. Selma then retired Jones on a fly ball to Anderson for the third out of the inning.

Luzinski went down on strikes to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Gamble was retired on a ground ball to Boswell. McGraw then struck out Koegel to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to start the doubleheader.