METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 19, 1970 GAME:
February 17, 2005
I was at this game and was 12 years old at the time. We sat in the last row in the corner of the left field bleachers. The stadium was packed. I clearly remember Ed Kranepool pinch hitting in the late innings and driving one that the centerfielder caught with his back against the wall. It was painful to watch the Mets lose another big game. If I recall correctly, the only Met run scored on a double play. Still, it was great to be at the game.
February 25, 2005
Pete, great memory!! The Mets were 2.5 games out with 12 games remaining when this game started. The Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Roberto Clemente doubled home a run with two outs in the third and Willie Stargell followed with a single to drive in Clemente.
The Mets did indeed score their only run on a DP. They loaded the bases in the sixth with no one out on a single by Clendenon and walks given up by Luke Walker to Swoboda and Foy. John Lamb came in the game and got Jerrt Grote to ground into a 6-4-3 the n Bud Harrelson flied out.
Ed Kranepool came up as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of the ninth and flied out to center. Tommie Agee followed with a single, but veteran Joe Gibbon came in the game and got pinch hitter Leroy Stanton--in his third major league at bat--to ground into the game-ending double play.
The teams split a doubleheader the next day and that meant the Mets were 3.5 games out (4 in the loss column) with just nine games left. The Mets were still alive because they were going to Pittsburgh the next weekend. But the Pirates swept them, winning three one-run games.