METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 2, 1969 GAME:
September 3, 2003
I was 14 and an avid Met fan this year, watching every inning of every game. Although this game was relatively early in their miracle year, to me it defined their destiny more than any other game. The Mets were leading late in this game 4- 0 when St. Louis pinch-hitter deluxe Vic Davillio hit a grand slam home run, eventually sending the game to extra innings. From that point on, the Mets escaped jam after jam, with St. Louis having the winning run thrown out at home plate in the bottom of the ninth when Curt Flood attempted to score from first on a double to deep center field, and then St. Louis constantly loading the bases with nobody or one out in the extra innings but unable to score. Finally, the Mets broke through with two runs in the 14th inning and held off another St. Louis rally in the bottom of the inning to win it.
September 4, 2003
Excellent memory, Steve!
Davalillo's pinch slam came with two outs in the bottom of the 8th off Ron Taylor. Jerry Koosman had started and pitched a shutout through 7 2/3 innings, though he apparently didn't have his best stuff (seven hits and four walks).
After Flood was thrown out at home in the 9th, the Cards loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th off Tug McGraw. But a force at home, a strikeout and another groundout got Tug out of that jam. The Cards had a runner in the 11th, two runners in the 12th, and two outs and nobody on in the 13th, but each time Tug pitched out of it.
The Mets got two in the 14th after two outs and nobody on when Agee singled, stole second, and scored on a Boswell single. The Mets got an insurance run on a bases loaded walk by Wayne Garrett.
Tug pitched SIX innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and four walks in the six innings! In fact, the Cards had 24 baserunners in the game (15 hits, 8 walks, and one HBP) and they finished with 18 left on base.
September 13, 2003
Sorry--one correction to my post of September 4 above. I meant to say the Cardinals had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 13th, not that they had two outs and nobody on!
September 21, 2003
Although I don't remember every detail of the extra innings, your corrected post of September 13 sounds correct because it seemed to me that the Cards had the bases loaded with no one out more than once. If I recall correctly, I believe the Cards also threatened again in the bottom of the 14th. In any event, a truly remarkable and nail-biter game - I have never since seen another game quite like this one.
September 25, 2003
Steve, of course you're right...the Mets never do anything easily!
In the bottom of the 14th Tug did get the first two batters out but then Bill White doubled and the tying run came to the plate, Lou Brock. But Brock had a rough night: Tug struck him out and Lou was 0-for-7 in a game where Mets pitchers gave up 15 hits and 8 walks.