Number Four: August 7th, 1971 versus Atlanta Braves.
On this day, fans went to Atlanta Stadium to see the Braves beat the Mets. What they saw instead was complete domination of their team.
The first inning was okay, the Mets scored three runs and the Braves countered with one. In the second inning, things got a little crazy. Ken Boswell was already the eighth batter up in the inning for the Mets when he hit his grand slam, putting the game out of reach.
The Mets were now winning 10-1 and the Braves wouldn’t score again until the 5th inning when Zoilo Versalles hit a three-run home run off Nolan Ryan. However, the Braves were still down by eight runs at this point.
Afterward, the Mets only added to their lead. They scored three in the 6th, two in the 7th, and two in the 9th. The runs in the 7th inning came courtesy of a Donn Clendenon home run. He reached base three times after replacing Ed Kranepool.
Pitching-wise, the Mets had Nolan Ryan on the hill. This wasn’t one of his best starts but thanks to the Mets offensive outburst, it was enough to get him his ninth win of the season. He went eight innings and gave up six runs.
Ron Taylor came in after Ryan and pitched a perfect ninth inning. Even though the Mets were up by more than a dozen runs, Taylor earned his second save of the season.
The star of the game was Ken Boswell. This was his fifth season with the Mets and he was continuing to prove his worth. He was 4-5 with his third home run of the season and he drove in five runs. He also had one double and scored three times.
The Mets won that game by a score of 20-6 and their record was 57-54. The rest of their season was fairly successful as they finished with a record of 83-79, but they were 14 games out of 1st place.