Sep 9, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1969 - Mets Take Over First Place

September 10, 1969: Today is a historic day for the 1969 Mets. After the double header sweep of the Expos, the Mets move into 1st place for the first time in their history.

1st game: The expansion Expos always played the Mets tough in 1969 & today was no exception. In a great pitchers duel the Mets Jim McAndrew & Montreal's Mike Wegener both went 11 innings allowing only 2 runs. Wegener had struck out 15 Mets along the way. Things got dramatic in the 12th. The Mets Ron Taylor relieved McAndrew and retired the first two batters before giving up a base hit. Former Met Kevin Collins pinch hit for the pitcher Wegener and doubled to center field. Remy Hermosa attempted to score from 1st base but Tommie Agee threw his out at the plate.

In the bottom of the inning, Montreal's Bill Stoneman got the first two outs, then Cleon Jones singled & Rod Gaspar walked. Second baseman Ken Boswell then singled home the game winner 3-2. Taylor got the win (8-4) and the Mets won their 83rd game and moved into 1st place.

Nitecap: It was all Nolan Ryan as he struck out 11 and pitched a three hit, one run complete game , putting his record at 6-1 on the season. The Mets scored six runs in a wacky 3rd inning. With the bases loaded Expos' Howie Reed threw a wild pitch scoring a run, Wayne Garrett singled home a run, then Cleon Jones singled and two more runs scored. Ken Boswell singled him home and Don Clendenon grounded out scoring Art Shamsky who had singled prior. Ken Boswell also tripled in the game and scored on another wild pitch. Mets won 7-1.

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