Jun 19, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1971- Dramatic 15 Inning Walk Off

June 19, 1971: As Bob Murphy would say it was “a beautiful Saturday for baseball” as 52,171 fans turned out at Shea to watch Tom Terrific go against Philadelphia's Rick Wise. Frank Lucchesi’s Phillies were in floundering in last place, as Gil Hodges Mets were in second only 2 ½ games out.

Seaver certainly wasn’t having his best day; allowing 4 runs on 12 hits, striking out only 2, before being relieved by Ron Taylor in the 6th. Rick Wise was sailing along until the 6th inning. Ed Kranepool doubled, Ken Singleton singled and Ken Boswell singled scoring Kranepool. Jerry Grote & Tim Foli reached on errors scoring while two more runs scored, tying the game at four. The game went to the bull pens and both sides did a great job. Woodie Fryman & Joe Horner held the Mets scoreless for seven more innings, so did the . The Mets Tug McGraw & Danny Frisella did the same. Tug allowed only allowed 2 hits until the 12th inning giving way to Frisella. Frisella struck out six, but walked four and allowed four hits. In the top of the 14th, Phillies short stop Larry Bowa stole home giving the Phillies the lead.

But the Mets wouldn’t let this one slip away, with one out in the bottom of the 14th; Ken Singleton hit a dramatic home run to tie the game back up. Frisella came out for the 15th and with one out allowed 2 singles then struck out the next two batters. The stage was set for Donn Clendenon, who had come into the game late as a pinch hitter, going 3 for 4. With two outs he connected for a walk off game winning home run over the right field fence, (his 6th of the year) sending the crowd into frenzy. After 4 hours and 40 minutes, 15 innings later the Mets took the win 6-5. Billy Wilson got the loss & Frisella got his third win of the year.

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