Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brooklyn Cyclones Complete Very Necessary Sweep of Valley Cats

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS


Cyclones Sweep Valley Cats 3-0
I - BRK 2; TRI 1
II - BRK 5; TRI 3
III - BRK 5; TRI 0

Four Cyclones pitchers each do a little, and together accomplish a lot.  Nathan Jones makes the start in game three at MCU Park, allowing just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts through three scoreless innings.  Corey Gaconi takes care of the next three innings, yielding no runs on two hits with five strikeouts.  Hunter Parsons enters the game in the seventh and contributes two more scoreless innings of one-hit ball with a pair of strikeouts.  And finally Josh Hejka pitches a scoreless ninth completing the combined effort shutout.  Together the four man line reads no runs on five hits and just two walks with ten strikeouts.  Brooklyn scores single runs in the first, second, and fourth, and two more in the six for good measure.  Catcher Jose Mena is big man on campus going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, and three RBI.  Luke Ritter drives in his 25th run of the season, and designated hitter Gavin Garay drives in his eighth.


AND LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR ... STATEN ISLAND IS THERE
Yankees sweep Renegades 3-0
I - SIY 4; HVR 3
II - SIY 4; HVR 1
III - SIY 4; HVR 3

Richmond County has been a tremendous help of late, likewise completing a three game sweep over the first place Hudson Valley Renegades.  That ties the Yankees with Aberdeen at one game out of first place.  Brooklyn meanwhile is now within one-half game of first place, but hold a half-game lead in the wild card race over Aberdeen and Staten Island.  And the Batavia Muckdogs have suddenly arrived on the scene, one full game behind the Cyclones.


Five Cyclones Representing Brooklyn at New York-Penn League All-Star Game

From the desk of: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

New York-Penn League
2 0 1 9
ALL STAR GAME

Five members of the Brooklyn Cyclones have been selected to participate in this season's New York-Penn League All-Star Game this coming Tuesday at Staten Island's Ballpark at St. George.
As of close of business Saturday 21-year old Wilmer Reyes was fifth in the New York-Penn League in batting with a .328 average, seventh with 57 hits, and tenth with .792 OPS.  The Cyclones infielder has eleven extra-base hits, 23 RBI, and ten stolen bases, through 46 games and 174 at-bats.

First baseman Joe Genord may presently be slashing .203/.277/.401, but he is fourth in the league with eight home runs and sixth in runs batted in.

Twenty-year old Garrison Bryant sports a 4-1 record with a league best 0.86 WHiP, and a league second best 2.59 ERA.  He's allowed just 38 hits and 13 walks with 55 strikeouts through nine starts (eleven appearances) and 59.0 innings pitched.

Starter Matt Cleveland is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.20 WHiP through twelve starts and 58.1 innings pitched.  He's allowed just 45 hits but has yielded 25 base on balls.  Opposing hitters are batting just .211 against him.

Reliever Mitch Ragan is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and stellar 0.79 WHiP through eleven appearances, with just 19 hits allowed and two walks with 22 strikeouts through 26.2 innings pitched.


Home of the Staten Island Yankees
Site of the 2019 NYPL All-Star Game


OTD 8/20/1914: Brooklyn Tip Tops Tripped Up at Kansas City

From the desk of:  THE BROOKLYN BAKERS NINE

Packed Up And Shipped Out of Kansas City
Packers defeat Tip Tops 3-1-1
I - BTT 4; KCP 1
II - KCP 4; BTT 1
III - KCP 5; BTT 0
IV - KCP 8; BTT 4
V - KCP 1; BTT 1

The Tip Tops and Packers were forced into playing their second double-header in three days at Kansas City's Koppel Field due to Wednesday's postponement.

Following Monday's series opening victory the Tip Tops lose their third straight to the Packers.  Brooklyn takes an early 2-0 lead in the first but gives it right back in the bottom of the frame, then fall behind 5-2 after two.  Kansas City adds a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth for an 8-4 final margin of victory.  Brooklyn center fielder Al Shaw is 2 for 5 with a double, triple, and two RBI.  Left fielder George Anderson and replacement shortstop Al Halt each drive in a run.  Starter Jim Bluejacket does not make it out of the second.  He yields four earned runs on five hits in just 1.1 innings for his second loss of the season.  Byron Houck in relief of Bluejacket allows another four runs, two earned, on nine hits and one walk through 6.2 innings pitched.  Kansas City's Chief Johnson goes the distance yielding four runs, three earned, on twelve hits, with three strikeouts en route to his third victory.  Packers third baseman George Perring goes 3 for 4 with three runs batted in.

Brooklyn and Kansas City duel to a one all tie through eight innings when the game is called on account of darkness.  The Packers open the scoring on second baseman Duke Kenworthy's RBI in the third.  Brooklyn ties in the sixth when George Anderson triples then scores (unearned) in the sixth.  Tip Top starter Dan Marion allows the one run on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Kansas City's Dwight Stone surrenders one run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  The game officially goes down as a tie.  But the damage is done.  Brooklyn falls to 4-8-1 on this trip, and slips another 1.5 games in the standings.  They were within two games of first as recently as Monday but have since fallen four full games back of circuit leading Chicago.  The final leg of their odyssey next takes them through Indianapolis where they take on the second place Hoosiers in a crucial five game set.


Commemorative Plaque Now!



Amazin' Date 8/20/1969: Jim McAndrew Whitewashes San Francisco Giants at Shea

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

The Mets win their sixth in a row and record their second straight shutout over the San Francisco Giants.  Another packed house at Shea Stadium witness Jim McAndrew pitch his finest game of the season.  Making his 21st appearance, McAndrew allows just two hits and three walks with six strikeouts en route to a complete game shutout and his fifth victory of the season.  Giants starter Gaylord Perry fails to pitch out of the fifth.  Despite seven strikeouts, the Mets rough him up for six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk through 4.1 innings.  The Mets strike for six extra-base hits including a triple from Bud Harrelson and a fifth inning three run home run from Art Shamsky.  Bobby Pheil continues getting starts in place of the injured Ken Boswell.  He goes 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.  Art Shamsky is 2 for 4 with a double, his aforementioned tenth home run of the season, with four RBI.  The Mets improve to 13-7 in August.  The Mets gain a game in the standings as Atlanta defeats the Cubs.
  • Mets Record: 68-51
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 7 GB

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dissecting the Mets with Tim Healey of NEWSDAY on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

WILL THE METS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?
We Answer That ... Rich Plays Host

A METSIAN PODCAST
with SAM, RICH, and MIKE

SPECIAL GUEST

69:00 minutes



STUFF
Who are the 2019 Mets and Will They Make the Playoffs?
Second Half ~ Competition ~ Roster ~ Possibilities
Pete Alonso Breaks National League Rookie Home Run Record
Aaron Altherr ~ Billy Hamilton ~ Rajai Davis ~ DFA's
Amed in the Outfield ~ J.D. Davis/Jeff McNeil Injuries
Edwin Diaz ~ Jeurys Familia ~ Seth Lugo ~ Marcus Stroman
Ruben Tejada ~ Dilson Herrera ~ Danny Espinosa
What Miracles Are Made Of ~ A Box of Crayons
What do Cleon Jones; Noah Syndergaard; Ed Lynch;
Junior Ortiz; Nolan Ryan; All Have In Common?
Syracuse Mets ~ and much more with Newsday's Tim Healey.




L.I. Ducks Take Series from High Point Rockers

From the desk of: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Duck defeat Rockers 2-1
I - HPR 6; LID 1
II - LID 4; HPR 2
III - LID 11; HPR 4

The much anticipated second-half showdown versus High Point goes to the Ducks.  After dropping Friday's opener at North Carolina, Long Island takes two straight from the Rockers and thus open a full one game Liberty Division lead.

On Sunday High Point leads 4-3 through five.  By the sixth however, the rout is on.  Long Island strikes for eight runs in the late innings en route to an 11-4 final margin of victory.  Lew Ford leads the hit parade with a 5 for 5 performance.  The Ducks stroke five extra base hits including home runs from Rey Fuentes and catcher Hector Sanchez.  Clint Freeman is 2 for 4 with three RBI.  All nine batters in the starting line-up record at least one hit, while seven players record multi-hit games as part of a 19 hit barrage.  Ducks starter Brandon Beachy earns his second victory since joining the fold despite yielding four earned runs on six hits and two walks through five innings with eight strikeouts.

The Flock return to the Pond where they open a four game series on Monday against the struggling Somerset Patriots whom are presently eight games below .500 and 5.5 games out of first.



Amazin' Date 8/19/1969: Tommie Agee Spoils Juan Marichal Gem in 14th Inning

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #118: Tuesday, August 19, 1969 - BR
San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

New York City fans old and new pack Shea Stadium once again for game one of a mid-week series against the San Francisco Giants.  They do not leave disappointed, although they may have arrived home a little late.  That's because the Mets and Giants battle into the 14th inning Tuesday evening before a victor is decided.  Both Gary Gentry and Giants starter Juan Marichal work over time.  Gary Gentry allows no runs on just four hits with four walks and five strikeouts through ten innings pitched.  He does not factor in the decision.  However, his mound opponent does.  Juan Marichal whitewashes the Mets through the game's first 13 innings of play.  With one out in the bottom half of the 14th Marichal yields only his sixth hit, but it's a game ending home run off the bat of Tommie Agee.  Tug McGraw completes the shutout in relief of Gentry with four innings of one-hit ball to earn his sixth victory of the season.  Cleon Jones lifts his average back upwards of .350 with three hits in five at-bats, accounting for half of the Mets six hits.  Since getting swept at Houston the Mets are winners of five in a row.  This game ties for their second longest of the season.

The first place Chicago Cubs blank the Atlanta Braves and improve to 12-4 in August.

  • Mets Record: 68-51
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 8 GB

N.Y. Mets: Pete Alonso Breaks National League Rookie Home Run Record

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

NATIONAL LEAGUE
established 1876

The Polar Bear Hits Dinger Number Forty; Sets New National League Rookie Home Run Record.

... with eleven games still left to play in August!

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 40th home run of the season breaking the National League rookie record.  The milestone comes in his final at-bat of Sunday afternoon's 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in which Alonso goes 3 for 4 with a double, the aforementioned home run, three runs scored, and two runs batted in.

Previous record holder Cody Bellinger in 2017 hit 39 home runs through 132 games and 480 at-bats. Pete Alonso first ties the N.L. record in just his 120th game of the season through 511 plate appearances and 435 official at-bats.  He then breaks the record in just 122 games, and 443 official at-bats.

With the National League record in hand, Alonso becomes one of only three rookies to ever achieve 40 home runs in a season (Mark McGwire, Aaron Judge).  Alonso is now one home run away from tying the Mets all-time mark of 41 home runs shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.  After which come Aaron Judge.  The New York Yankees right fielder set the major league rookie record in the same season Bellinger set the National League mark with 52 home runs in 155 games with 678 plate appearances and 542 official at-bats.  Alonso needs 13 home runs in the next 38 games in order to surpass Judge.

  • APRIL: Pete Alonso hits his first MLB home run in just his fourth game played; finishes month with eight.
  • MAY: Hits ten home runs giving him 19 for the season.
  • JUNE: Pete breaks the club's 36-year old club rookie record of 26 home runs set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry.  Alonso's record breaking dinger comes in only his 77th game and 279th at-bat of the season.  Whereas Darryl Strawberry in 1983 played in 122 games with 420 at-bats.
  • JULY: Pete Alonso breaks Darryl Strawberry's rookie record of 74 RBI.  Alonso's 30th home run ties him with Dave Kingman for most ever home runs before the All-Star break.  He then he goes on to win the All-Star Game home run derby.
  • AUGUST: Homers in four consecutive games (Aug. 5-9).  Six home runs through 17 games this month.  Season high six RBI vs. Atlanta Braves (Aug. 15).  He is presently slugging .604 with a .979 OPS and 95 RBI.  He also becomes the fourth ever Met to achieve 40 home runs.


I've said this before.  We're talking about a rookie, and therefore I'm most impressed with his adaptability and ability to roll with adjustments being made against him.

Oh, yeah  ...

With Sunday's series clinching win at Kansas City, the Mets remain two games out of a wild card.



Walk-Off at Coney Puts Cyclones Back In Control of Wild Card

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

Cyclones lead Valley Cats 2-0
I - BRK 2; TRI 1
II - BRK 5; TRI 3

GAME THREE
Tri City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
FROM
Steeplechase Grounds

When play resumes as of Saturday's postponement in the sixth inning on Sunday, the Valley Cats break a scoreless tie with a run on four hits off the Cyclones Jared Biddy pitching in place of Garrison Bryant.  In the bottom half of the frame Brooklyn loads the bases against Tri-City's Kyle Serrano whom then walks in two runs.  And that's a wrap on Saturday's conclusion.  Biddy earns the victory, and Matt Mullenbach earns his fifth save.

In Sunday's regularly scheduled game, albeit abbreviated, the teams dueled to a three all stalemate through seven innings requiring over time.  With Antoine Duplantis starting the bottom of the eighth at second base, Yoel Romero connects off Valley Cats reliever Miguel Figueroa on a game ending two run home run.  Nelson Leon earns the victory in relief of starter Michel Ortanez and Mitch Ragan.  Brooklyn also gets runs batted in from Duplantis and first baseman Gavin Garay.

WALK OFF!

Meanwhile the Staten Island Yankees spend the weekend taking two straight from the first place Hudson Valley Renegades while the Lake Monsters defeat Aberdeen on Sunday.  As a result Brooklyn claws back to within 1.5 games of the McNamara Division lead, and close the weekend once again in control of the wild card.  All four McNamara Division clubs are playing above the .500 mark.  The very viable Staten Island Yankees are only two games back of the Renegades and trail Brooklyn by one-half game in the wild card race.

Thirteen games remain in the Cyclones regular season.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Long Island Ducks Forge First Place Tie With High Point Rockers

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

LIBERTY DIVISION SHOWDOWN
Ducks @ Rockers tied 1-1
I - HPR 6; LID 1
II - LID 4; HPR 2

GAME THREE
Long Island Ducks (18-16)
vs.
High Point Rockers (19-17)
FROM
BB&T Point Ballpark

Were it not for High Point yielding an unearned run in game one, the Ducks get shut out.  Even then recently acquired Ducks starting pitcher Brian Matusz fails to put fourth a quality start, surrendering three earned runs on three hits (including a home run) and five walks with three strikeouts through four innings pitched.  Third baseman Deibenson Romero accounts for three of Long Island's six game hits during Friday's 6-1 loss to the Rockers.

On Saturday Joe Iorio toes the rubber and is opposed by High Point starter Dominic DeMasi.  Staked to a 2-0 lead, the Rockers hurler keeps Long Island off the board through five.  But the Ducks break through with a pair in the sixth on Clint Freeman's double, D'Arby Myers hit, and an RBI each from L.J. Mazzilli and Lew Ford.  Dominic DeMasi exits a tie game after yielding two runs on seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts through eight full innings pitched.  With two on and one out in the top of the ninth, a throwing error by High Point first basemen clears the way for two more Long Island runs and eventual 4-2 final margin of victory.  Paul Clemens pitching in relief of DeMasi is charged with the loss.  Long Island's bullpen trio of Cody Mincey, Pedro Beato, and Michael Tonkin, join together on 3.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with one walk and two strikeouts.  Beato wins his third game, and Tonkin earns his seventh save.

With the victory Long Island both evens their weekend series and forges a first place tie with their hosts, the High Point Rockers.  The Ducks also snap a personal four game losing streak against the Rockers.  In fact, it is only their fifth victory over High Point this season in fifteen meetings to date.  Yet, the winner of Sunday's rubber game claims sole possession of first place, even if only for a day.  These team meet a final time for the last three scheduled games of the regular season at Bethpage Ballpark. 

Need I say more ...



Brooklyn Cyclones: Saturday Night Fog Out at Coney Island

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS


MOTHER NATURE SAYS FOG YOU 
AND THE BEACH YOU CAME FROM

Tri-City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
SUSPENDED GAME

Fog me?  Fog you ... 

The Cyclones and Valley Cats duel through five scoreless innings before Mother Nature chases home everyone attending Saturday's game at MCU Park.  Brooklyn's all-star game bound Garrison Bryant yields just two hits and no walks with six strikeouts.  He faces 17 batters, throwing 68 pitches with 49 (72%) going for strikes.  Troy starter Juan Pablo Lopez surrenders three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.  Second baseman Luke Ritter accounts for two of Brooklyn's three hits.

Mother Nature shortly thereafter makes her appearance at Dutchess County, where the Staten Island Yankees were within three outs of defeating the Renegades before being delayed.  However by 11:30pm the game had been declared official.  And so for a change the Cyclones actually get a helping hand from their Richmond County neighbors.  Bout damn time, too.

Thus the Cyclones enter Sunday's action 3.5 games back of the Renegades with an opportunity for affecting two positive outcomes.  A little more help from Staten Island wouldn't hurt either.


Aberdeen proves the biggest beneficiary of Saturday's weather.  In defeating the Vermont Lake Monsters - something Brooklyn could not do - the Ironbirds close to within 2.5 games of first, and now lead the wild card race by a half-game over West Virginia.  The Cyclones trail by one full game.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

OTD 8/17/1914: Tip Tops Ed Lafitte Outlasts Kansas City Packers

From the desk of:  THE BROOKLYN BAKERS NINE

GAME #100

GAME ONE
Brooklyn Tip Tops      3
Kansas City Packers  0
FINAL

TIP TOPS REACH 100 GAME MARK JUST TWO GAMES OUT OF FIRST PLACE.

Brooklyn rebounds from Saturday's loss at St. Louis with a much needed series opening victory over the Packers at Kansas City's Koppel Field on Monday.

Tip Top starter Ed Lafitte and the Packers Dan Adams duel to a one all tie through the game's first seven innings.  Kansas City jumps out to a 1-0 lead in the first, and Brooklyn ties the game in their very next at-bat.  Brooklyn finally breaks the stalemate with three runs against Dan Adams in the eighth.  Ed Lafitte continues through for the complete game victory.  He yields a mere run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts en route to his eleventh win of the season against ten losses with a 2.82 ERA.  Lafitte is also hit by a Dan Adams pitch for good luck.  Otherwise Adams likewise pitches nine innings, but suffers his sixth loss upon surrendering four runs, three earned, on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Center fielder Al Shaw drives in a pair of runs for Brooklyn.  Left fielder George Anderson and third baseman Tex Wisterzil each drive in a run apiece.  Right fielder Steve Evans goes 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored, and the Tip Tops only extra-base hit of the game.  Grover Land goes 2 for 2 after replacing Yip Owens behind the plate.

The Brooklyn Tip Tops improve to 54-46 (.540) at the 100-game mark of the season.  They are 29-14 since the start of July.  But dare I say they improve to 4-7 during this potentially season defining 19-game road trip.  The good news however is they again close to within two games of the first place Chicago Chi-Feds.


Brooklyn Cyclones Fading With Fifteen To Go

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

HOME SWEET HOME

GAME ONE
Tri-City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
FROM
Steeplechase Grounds

Father Time is no longer allied with the Cyclones, not after what transpired this past week at Vermont.  When Brooklyn first visited Burlington back in July they were jockeying with Hudson Valley and Aberdeen for first place of the McNamara Division, but also held a firm grip on the wild card.  During that series the Cyclones limit Vermont to just one run per game en route to a three game sweep.  This time around Brooklyn is swept, as the Lake Monsters outscore the Cyclones by an overall 29-12 margin.  In turn the Brooks fall 3.5 games back of first place Hudson Valley in the McNamara Division standings, and one game behind West Virginia for the wild card.  After posting a 16-13 record in July, the Cyclones have so far gone 7-8 in August.  They're now losers of four straight, and with fifteen games remaining in the regular season appear to be fading fast.

Maybe a long quiet ride home through the night, a six hour bus trip with which to contemplate their near future is just what they needed - a team and their collective thoughts traversing three hundred miles of empty road.  My guess is the Cyclones arrived home in the neighborhood of six this morning.  But there's no rest for the weary as time is running short.  They open a three game series against the Tri-City Valley Cats Saturday afternoon Coney Island.

Let's go Cyclones!


N.Y. Mets: Pete Alonso Ties Senior Circuit Rookie Home Run Record

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Pete Alonso w/ Binghamton ~ 2017 Road Trips

The greatest season known to mankind ever turned in by a Polar Bear this side of the arctic circle continues ...

  • APRIL: Pete Alonso hits his first MLB home run in just his fourth game played; finishes month with eight.
  • MAY: Hits ten more home runs giving him 18 for the season.
  • JUNE: Pete breaks the clubs's 36-year old club rookie record of 26 home runs set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry.  Alonso's record breaking dinger comes in only his 77th game and 279th at-bat of the season.  Whereas Darryl Strawberry in 1983 played in 122 games with 420 at-bats.
  • JULY: Pete Alonso also breaks Darryl Strawberry's rookie record of 74 RBI.  Alonso's 30th home run then ties him with Dave Kingman for most ever home runs before the All-Star break.  He then he goes on to win the All-Star Game home run derby.

This past Thursday Pete Alonso tied L.A. Dodger Cody Bellinger's National League rookie record of 39 home runs set just two years ago.  Bellinger played 132 games during his milestone season tallying 548 plate appearances and 480 official at-bats.  Alonso ties the record in just his 120th game of the season through 511 plate appearances and 435 official at-bats to date.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge set the major league rookie record with 52 home runs in the same season Bellinger set the National League mark.  In 2017 Judge played 155 games in 2017 with 678 plate appearances and 542 official at-bats.  To date Alonso is slashing .264/.369/.595/.965, with 39 home runs and 91 RBI through 120 games and 512 plate appearances and 435 at-bats.

In the meantime, Alonso is just two home runs shy of tying the Mets all-time mark of 41 home runs shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley ... the same exact number of games remaining in the Mets regular season.


Amazin' Date 8/17/1969: Mets Sweep Consecutive Twin Bills From Padres

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
Double-Header
Shea Stadium

San Diego takes a 2-0 lead after four and a half on runs batted in from center fielder Ivan Murrell and second baseman Jose Arcia.  In the bottom half of the fifth Duffy Dyer connects off Padres starter Joe Niekro with two men on, and just like that the Mets give Jerry Koosman a 3-2 lead.  Koosman goes the distance allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts en route to his tenth victory of the season against eight losses with a stellar 2.23 ERA.

How do you put a 4-7 road trip in the rear view mirror?  Answer: win four games in the span of two days at home.  The Mets do just that with back-to-back double-header sweeps this weekend against the expansion Padres.

Mets starter Don Cardwell and San Diego's Clay Kirby duel through six scoreless innings.  Ed Kranepool opens the bottom of the seventh with a single to right, and is replaced with pinch-runner Al Weis.  After Jerry Grote draws a base on balls, Bud Harrelson clears the bases with a triple to right/center.  Still with no outs J.C. Martin lofts a sac-fly to center scoring Harrelson.  Cardwell exits on the winning side of a three run game, having allowed no runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts through seven full.  However San Diego strikes for a pair in the eighth off Cal Koonce whom faces three batters and fails to record an out.  Manager Hodges summons Ron Taylor to put out the fire.  Taylor obliges with two scoreless innings of one-hit ball for his 12th save.  Cardwell earns his fifth victory.  The Mets gain one game on the first place Cubs.

  • Mets Record:
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 8 GB