THE MIRACLE METS
Game #67: Wednesday, June 25, 1969 - BR
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Let us not mince words; the Mets blew a five run lead.
Cleon Jones opens the scoring straightaway with an RBI single in the first. The Mets add three runs in the fourth on a single from J.C.Martin and a two RBI double off the bat of second baseman Al Weis. Cleon Jones strokes another single to right in the fifth plating Ken Boswell for a 5-0 Mets lead.
Starter Nolan Ryan keeps the Phillies scoreless through his first five innings of work while striking out eight. The first hint of trouble comes in the six when Mets killer Larry Hisle drives in the Phillies first run with a triple off Ryan. In the seventh, a Wayne Garret error contributed to a three run seventh inning for Philadelphia. Then with Cal Koonce pitching in the eighth, third base replacement Dave Watkins connects on his first home run of the season tying the game at five.
After a scoreless ninth, into extra innings they go.
Opening the tenth reliever Ron Taylor quickly induces two ground ball outs. However, Dave Watkins follows with a triple to straightaway center. Left fielder John Briggs then singles back through the box; Watkins scores the go-ahead run.
The Mets load the bases in the bottom half of the frame courtesy of three bases on balls. But with two out Ed Kranepool bounces out second to first ending the game.
Ron Taylor takes the loss.
The series finale is slated for Thursday afternoon.
- Mets Record: 38-29 (.567)
- N.L. East: 2nd; 6 GB