Mar 5, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1971): Duffy Dyer Has Two Walk Off Game Winning Hits

Sunday June 20th 1971: On this Fathers Day doubleheader, a big crowd of 51,134 came out to Shea Stadium for a matchup of Gil Hodges second place Mets (37-26) hosted Frank Lucchesi's last place Philadelphia Phillies (26-39).

In the first game of the matinee twin bill, he Mets sent Nolan Ryan to the mound against  Barry Lersch.

Starting Lineups

In the bottom of the 1st, Bud Harrelson led off with a double to left field. Young Mike Jorgensen then hit a two run HR making it 2-0. Later in the 3rd, Jorgensen got another hit, leading off with a base hit, Art Shamsky connected for a solo HR making it 4-0.  

In the top of the 6th, Ryan faced 12 batters giving up six runs, with six hits, three walks including HRs to Oscar Gamble & Willie Montanez. Ron Taylor came on in relief with the Mets behind 6-4. 

The game went to the bottom of the 9th as Taylor & Tug McGraw held down the Phillies thru the 9th inning. The Mets immediately got to reliever Bucky Brandon as Tim Foli, Dave Marshall & Bud Harrelson all singled. Don Hahn then singled bringing in Marshall & Foli  to tie the game.

Pinch hitter Duffy Dyer then came up & delivered the game winning single delighting the Fathers Day crowd as the Mets came from behind to win it 7-6.

Tuesday July 27th 1971: Tonight The Mets (52-47) hosted the St. Louis Cardinals (55-48) on a warm summer night at Shea, as 35,597 fans came to see both teams who were battling for third place still in contention, although 11 games back.

Tonight Tom Seaver took the mound against Chris Zachary.

Starting Lineups

In the top of the 3rd, the pitcher Zachary singled & was brought in by Matty Alou for the first run. In the 4th, Cards catcher Ted Simmons doubled, then with two outs Ted Sizemore also doubled making it 1-0.

The Mets answered in the home part of the 4th as Cleon Jones doubled with two outs. Ed Kranepool then singled bringing in Jones making it a 2-1 game. Seaver pitched eight innings, allowing the two runs striking out seven. Danny Frisella pitched a scoreless 9th holding it to a 2-1 score. 

Zachary pitched into the 9th inning, after getting the first out, Tommie Agee & Cleon Jones both singled. Don Hahn was brought in to run for Agee as he was hurting. The Cards manager Red Schoendienst  brought in Frank Linzy to pitch.

Ed Kranepool then delivered a base hit to left field bringing in the tying run as Hahn scored. Dave Marshall flew out for the second out bringing up Duffy Dyer.

The backup catcher delivered again, bashing a single to right field scoring Cleon Jones with the walk off winning run. The Mets won it 3-2 with a happy Bob Murphy recap to follow.

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