Over 50,000 fans came out to Shea to see Charlie Fox's; fourth place San Francisco Giants, take on Gil Hodges' second place Mets. In those days there were still big crowds coming to Shea, to see the old New York Giants, who had moved out West in 1957, just thirteen years prior.
In Tonight’s 12-2 win, the reigning World Champion Mets would be just one game out of first place.
Mets Starter; Jim McAndrew (5-8) had an easy time with all the run support, as he pitched a complete game allowing two runs, on five hits, while striking out five Giants. The Giants Rich Robertson took the loss alowing seven earned runs on six hits.
The hitting star of the day was Donn Clendenon; he set a then cub record by driving in seven runs.
In the 1st inning, Tommie Agee singled & Bud Harrelson tripled, making it 1-0 New York. Clendenon’s sac fly scored Harrelson with the second run of the game.
In the third Harrelson doubled to right & Ken Singleton drew a walk. Clendennon followed with his 11th HR of the year, breaking the game open to a 9-0 Mets lead. Clendenon would only have two hits on the day, but both were three run HRs.
In the 4th inning, he hit another three run blast off new Giant pitcher; Mike Davison, scoring McAndrew & Jerry Grote. It was Clendenon's 12th of the year giving him 45 RBIs.
The big seven RBI day would be a Mets record until Dave Kingman broke it in 1976. His mark was then broken by Carlos Delgado in 2008.
Also on this day in 1970, Ron Swoboda hit his 7th HR, Bud Harrelson would have three hits, driving in two runs & scoring three runs. Al Weis added the other RBI.