New York Mets History

4/30/74 Rain Out Edition: New York Mets Top Los Angeles Dodgers In 9th, 8-7

By Michael Lecolant

Game called.

As you well know by now, this evening’s game in Philadelphia was cancelled due to the deluge affecting the greater east coast, and was rescheduled for June 2nd.  The Mets will now take their 15-11 record to Colorado, and face the Rockies in a four game series before ending this road trip in Miami.

Apr 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; An overall view of the stadium during a rain delay before the start of the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, I offer you a rain out special.  Enjoy the memories.

April 30, 1974 – New York Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers

In front of 24,049 fans at Dodger Stadium, the New York Mets salvaged a split of their four game series against Los Angeles.

Yogi Berra‘s crew chased Dodgers’ starter Tommy John from the game after just four innings pitched (and two batters in the 5th).  The visiting Mets jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning.  Lead off singles by Bud Harrelson and Felix Millan set the table.  Cleon Jones‘s double plated Harrelson, and a sac fly by John Milner then delivered Millan from third.  An error by first baseman Steve Garvey, off the bat of Jerry Grote, allowed Jones to cross the plate with the Mets third run.

In the top of the 3rd, Jerry Grote pushed across the Mets fourth run on a fielder’s choice to second base, which scored Rusty Staub (who reached on a hit by pitch).

Another RBI by Cleon Jones, and yet another by Jerry Grote gave the Mets a 6-0 lead in the 6th, with all 6 runs (5 earned) charged to Tommy John.

Southpaw Jerry Koosman climbed the hill for New York, and kept Los Angeles scoreless through the first five.  In the 6th inning however, the Dodgers began chipping away at the lead, and by the 8th inning, had the game tied, with all six runs (5 earned) coming off Koosman.  L.A.’s comeback was powered in part by home runs off the bats of Bill Russell and Steve Garvey.

In the top of the ninth, John Milner‘s one out double off reliever Mike Marshall scored Ted Martinez and Cleon Jones to give the Mets an 8-6 lead.

With Bob Miller pitching in relief of Koosman, shortstop Bill Russell greeted the Mets reliever with a lead off triple.  Davey Lopes then grounded to Wayne Garrett at third, but John Milner could not handle his throw across the diamond, allowing Russell to score.  However, Los Angeles managed no more, as Bob Miller put the finishing touches on an 8-7 Mets victory over Walter Alston and the Dodgers.

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