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MOTTON, McNALLY SAVE O'S FOR ANOTHER DAY
Series returns to Baltimore on pinch-hit HR in eighth inning
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Dave McNally, shown here at bat, has posted Baltimore's only two wins thusfar, and received late help yesterday on Curt Motton's PH home run for the 2-1 win.

NEW YORK, October 16 – Pinch-hitter Curt Motton sent this Series back to Baltimore with an eighth inning home run giving the Orioles a 2-1 tightly contested win over the New York Mets. Both teams managed only four hits in this Series that has boiled down to a pitching duel between two fine staffs. But of the eight hits, it was Motton’s blow that was the largest as the favored Orioles thwarted the plans of the 57,397 fanatics at Shea Stadium from witnessing these amazing Mets winning the Series at home.

All of New York’s hits against Dave McNally went for extra bases but only Al Weis’ second inning home run put any runs on the board. Tommie Agee doubled over 1B Boog Powell to open the game. Bud Harrelson’s sacrifice attempt went straight back to McNally who threw to third to get Agee. Cleon Jones then grounded into an inning double play to snuff the threat. Meanwhile, Koosman kept Baltimore out of the hit column until Mark Belanger’s single to right leading off the sixth inning. McNally successfully sacrificed Belanger to second. Don Buford followed with a line drive off the center field wall scoring Belanger to tie the game. Ed Charles was the only Met to really solve McNally as he doubled and tripled but was left stranded by his teammates on both occasions.

Meanwhile, Koosman seemed to have settled back into his groove as he retired the next seven batters after Buford’s game-tying double. But with two out in the seventh, Earl Weaver called McNally back and sent Motton to bat. Motton turned on a 2-1 fastball and deposited it into over the left center field wall. Dick Hall and Eddie Watt retired the Mets in order in the eighth and ninth to seal the victory. This game was the third consecutive 2-1 game, but the first two were won by the New Yorkers. The Series will move back to Baltimore as rookie Gary Gentry will face Jim Palmer for the second time. The Orioles, who surpassed the 1954 Cleveland Indians mark of 111 victories by one this season, are frankly surprised to a man this Series has posed such problems. Tom Seaver’s no-hitter in Game 1 set the tone, and the Orioles are scratching to re-gain their hitting stroke. Baltimore will take more 2-1 victories at home, but thought they would have an easier time disposing of these "Cinderella" Mets. But now, they will need two more wins to avoid the same fate as the ‘54 Indians, who were swept by the New York Giants.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Baltimore            0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0 -  2   4   1 
New York             0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  1   4   0 


Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Buford LF            4  0  1  1 .278  T Agee CF              4  0  1  0 .158
 E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000  B Harrelson SS         4  0  0  0 .063
P Blair CF             3  0  0  0 .111  C Jones LF             3  0  0  0 .333
F Robinson RF          4  0  1  0 .357  D Clendenon 1B         4  0  0  0 .176
B Powell 1B            3  0  0  0 .250  R Swoboda RF           3  0  0  0 .083
B Robinson 3B          3  0  0  0 .111  E Charles 3B           3  0  2  0 .357
D Johnson 2B           4  0  0  0 .111  J Grote C              3  0  0  0 .125
A Etchebarren C        3  0  0  0 .000  A Weis 2B              2  1  1  1 .154
 C Salmon ph           1  0  0  0 .333   K Boswell ph 2B       1  0  0  0 .000
 C Dalrymple C         0  0  0  0 .500  J Koosman P            2  0  0  0 .000
M Belanger SS          3  1  1  0 .067   A Shamsky ph          1  0  0  0 .400
D McNally P            1  0  0  0 .000   T McGraw P            0  0  0  0 .000
 C Motton ph           1  1  1  1 .500  
 D Hall P              0  0  0  0 .000  
 M Rettenmund LF       0  0  0  0 .000  
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                30  2  4  2       Totals                30  1  4  1
 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
D McNally (W 2-0)         7.0   4   1   1   1   5  25   0   2   1   1  1.76
D Hall                    1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
E Watt (Sv 2)             1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   4   1   1   1   5  31   0   2   1   1 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Koosman (L 0-2)         8.0   3   2   2   1   4  28   0   1   0   1  3.46
T McGraw                  1.0   1   0   0   2   0   6   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   4   2   2   3   4  34   0   1   0   1 
 
 
Left On Base: Baltimore 5, New York 3 
Double Plays: Baltimore 1, New York 0 
Doubles: D Buford (2); T Agee (2); E Charles (2) 
Triples: E Charles (1) 
Home Runs: A Weis (1); C Motton (1) 
RBIs: D Buford (2); A Weis (1); C Motton (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: C Jones (1) 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: C Jones (1) 
AMAZING METS ONE GAME AWAY!!
Seaver, Taylor silence Oriole bats to hold one run margin of victory
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Baltimore manager Earl Weaver disputes a controversial call by home plate umpire Shag Crawford in the sixth inning.

NEW YORK, October 15 – The New York Mets took another step toward an incredible championship with another 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles before 57,367 ecstatic fans at Shea Stadium. The Mets, predicted by many to finish behind the expansion Montreal Expos in their own division, are one win away from a world’s championship. No team in baseball history has risen from a ninth place finish the previous year to a championship. The 1967 Red Sox came close with their "impossible dream" season that finished with a defeat to the hands of the Cardinals that year. But now, Tom Seaver, who set the tone of this series with a no-hitter in Game 1, has the Mets one game away by quieting the Oriole lineup for a second time this Series.

New York took the lead in the first as Tommie Agee doubled past a diving Boog Powell at first to open the frame. Agee advanced to third on a sacrifice by Bud Harrelson. Cleon Jones brought Agee home with a bloop double down the right field line. Baltimore starter Mike Cuellar retired Donn Clendenon and Ron Swoboda to end the threat. But with Seaver on the mound, it appeared that might be the only run these Mets would need. In the third, Baltimore finally got Seaver for a hit as Davey Johnson led off the inning with a single to right. Johnson advanced to third on two infield groundouts. Don Buford smacked a Seaver fastball toward the hole. Harrelson stretched far to the right with a nice stop, but bobbled the ball. Harrelson wisely declined the throw to first, and Johnson scored to tie the game. In the fifth, New York responded with an Al Weis single past Belanger. Seaver sacrificed Weis to second, and Weis moved to third after Elrod Hendricks was unable to stop a sharp breaking ball from Cuellar. Agee fought off the next pitch with a flair to shallow right field. Frank Robinson charged in, but played the ball on a hop as Weis trotted home for the final run of the game.

Seaver scattered five hits over seven innings, and needed defensive help to survive the top of the sixth. Cuellar shocked Seaver and the rest of the national television audience with a drive over Agee. As Agee chased the ball down, Cuellar hurried into second with a stand-up double. Buford singled to left, and Cuellar was held at third. Paul Blair hit a fly ball to left that backed Cleon Jones up a few steps. Cuellar tagged and challenged the leftfielder’s arm. Jones threw a perfect throw to Grote who blocked and tagged Cuellar out. Buford advanced to second on the throw. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver charged out of the dugout to question the call of NL umpire Shag Crawford, a veteran ump for 13 years, to no avail. However, it may be the decision by third base coach George Staller to send Cuellar that will be questioned all winter, especially as Frank Robinson, hitting .400 in this Series, and Boog Powell were due to bat next. Seaver got Robinson to hit a lazy fly ball to Jones to end the threat. Ron Taylor relieved Seaver in the eighth and allowed only a pinch-hit single by Clay Dalrymple in the ninth inning. The Mets have stifled a powerful Baltimore attack with their strong pitching, and have so far made timely hits off an equally as tough Oriole staff. National League Cy Young candidate Jerry Koosman, a loser in Game 2, will attempt to bring a World Series title back to New York as he faces Dave McNally for Baltimore.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Baltimore            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  1   6   0 
New York             1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  x -  2   8   1 


Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Buford LF            4  0  2  1 .286  T Agee CF              4  1  2  1 .133
P Blair CF             4  0  0  0 .133  B Harrelson SS         3  0  0  0 .083
F Robinson RF          3  0  0  0 .400  C Jones LF             3  0  2  1 .417
B Powell 1B            4  0  1  0 .308  D Clendenon 1B         4  0  1  0 .231
B Robinson 3B          4  0  0  0 .133  R Swoboda RF           2  0  0  0 .111
E Hendricks C          3  0  0  0 .091   A Shamsky ph RF       1  0  1  0 .500
D Johnson 2B           3  1  1  0 .143  E Charles 3B           3  0  0  0 .273
M Belanger SS          3  0  0  0 .000   W Garrett ph 3B       1  0  0  0 .000
M Cuellar P            1  0  1  0 .333  J Grote C              4  0  1  0 .154
 C Dalrymple ph        1  0  1  0 .500  A Weis 2B              3  1  1  0 .091
 M Rettenmund pr       0  0  0  0 .000   K Boswell ph 2B       1  0  0  0 .000
 E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000  T Seaver P             1  0  0  0 .000
                                         D Dyer ph             0  0  0  0 1000
                                         R Gaspar pr           0  0  0  0 .000
                                         R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                30  1  6  1       Totals                30  2  8  2
 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
M Cuellar (L 0-2)         7.0   7   2   2   3   4  31   0   2   0   0  1.76
E Watt                    1.0   1   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   8   2   2   3   4  35   0   2   0   0 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
T Seaver (W 2-0)          7.0   5   1   1   1   4  25   0   1   0   0  0.56
R Taylor (Sv 2)           2.0   1   0   0   0   2   7   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   6   1   1   1   6  32   0   1   0   0 
 
 
Left On Base: Baltimore 4, New York 9 
Double Plays: Baltimore 0, New York 1 
Doubles: T Agee (1); C Jones (1); M Cuellar (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: none 
RBIs: D Buford (1); T Agee (1); C Jones (1) 
Stolen Bases: R Gaspar (1) 
Caught Stealing: D Buford (1); D Johnson (1) 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: none 
GENTRY, METS HOLD ON, 2-1 
Rookie and bullpen make Shamsky's 1st inning HR last for Series lead
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Lookee what I've got: Tommie Agee robs Frank Robinson of a run-scoring hit in the third inning of yesterday's 2-1 Met win.

NEW YORK, October 14 – The New York Mets took a one game lead in this year’s version of the Fall Classic with a 2-1 clipping of the Baltimore Orioles before a sell-out crowd of 56,335 at Shea Stadium. Art Shamsky belted a two-run home run in his first Series at-bat to give the Mets an early lead. Rookie Gary Gentry, who celebrated his 23rd birthday last week, held onto that lead like a bulldog as he scattered seven hits in seven and two-thirds innings of work. A strong defensive and bullpen work by fireman Tug McGraw and Ron Taylor supported Gentry’s efforts to the delight of the delirious home crowd.

Baltimore starter Jim Palmer, who pitched a shutout in Game 2 of the 1966 Series, served up a two-run gopher ball to Art Shamsky in the first inning. Cleon Jones preceded Shamsky’s clout with a bloop single over second baseman Davey Johnson’s head. Shamsky turned on a hanging breaking pitch from Palmer, and there was no doubt it was gone as the ball easily cleared the right center field wall. It has been a comeback year for Palmer from arm injuries following the 1966 Series, and the right-hander who turns 24 tomorrow, came back from the mistake to Shamsky to shut the Mets down the rest of the way. Palmer gave up only two hits in his remaining five innings of work to keep Baltimore in the game. However, Earl Weaver’s troops could not put anything together against Gentry. Paul Blair laced a two-out double down the right field line in the third. Frank Robinson followed with a drive to the right-center field gap, but Tommie Agee chased the ball down with a spectacular diving catch to end the inning. Agee’s play loomed larger and larger as Baltimore continued to fail to score.

The Birds had their share of defensive wizardry in the sixth as Don Buford robbed Agee of a run scoring hit with a leaping catch against the wall. Buford led off the seventh with a single, and advanced to third on two infield groundouts. Boog Powell smashed a Gentry fastball past Ed Kranepool at first scoring Buford. Powell slid into second beating Shamsky’s throw with a RBI double. Brooks Robinson flew out to Jones in left to end the inning. Baltimore continued to pressure Gentry with Elrod Hendricks lead off single in the seventh. Weaver called for Merv Rettenmund to run for Hendricks, but Gentry kept him stationed at first with fly ball outs by Johnson, Belanger, and PH Clay Dalrymple. In the eighth, Gentry retired the first two batters, but Frank Robinson hit a flair into shallow center field. Bud Harrelson drifted back, and had to leap over a sliding Agee to avoid a collision. The ball dropped, and Robinson was on first with a single. Mets manager Gil Hodges summoned for lefty Tug McGraw to face slugger Boog Powell who could put Baltimore ahead with one swing of his bat. The strategy worked as Powell hit a routine fly ball out to Agee in center to end the frame. The Mets withstood another threat in the ninth as pinch-hitter Chico Salmon hit a one-out double to the right field gap. However, Ron Taylor struck out Davey Johnson on a check swing, and Belanger flew out to Jones in left to end the game.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Baltimore            0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0 -  1   8   0 
New York             2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x -  2   4   0 


Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Buford LF            4  1  1  0 .200  T Agee CF              4  0  0  0 .000
P Blair CF             4  0  1  0 .182  W Garrett 3B           3  0  0  0 .000
F Robinson RF          4  0  2  0 .571   A Weis ph 2B          1  0  0  0 .000
B Powell 1B            3  0  2  1 .333  C Jones LF             3  1  2  0 .333
B Robinson 3B          4  0  0  0 .182  A Shamsky RF           3  1  1  2 .333
E Hendricks C          3  0  1  0 .125  K Boswell 2B           3  0  0  0 .000
 M Rettenmund pr       0  0  0  0 .000   E Charles 3B          0  0  0  0 .375
 P Richert P           0  0  0  0 .000  E Kranepool 1B         3  0  1  0 .333
 C Salmon ph           1  0  1  0 .500  J Grote C              2  0  0  0 .111
D Johnson 2B           4  0  0  0 .091  B Harrelson SS         3  0  0  0 .111
M Belanger SS          4  0  0  0 .000  G Gentry P             1  0  0  0 .000
J Palmer P             2  0  0  0 .000   T McGraw P            0  0  0  0 .000
 C Dalrymple ph C      1  0  0  0 .000   D Clendenon ph        1  0  0  0 .222
                                         R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                34  1  8  1       Totals                27  2  4  2
 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Palmer (L 0-1)          6.0   4   2   2   1   4  23   0   0   0   1  3.00
P Richert                 2.0   0   0   0   0   2   6   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   4   2   2   1   6  29   0   0   0   1 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
G Gentry (W 1-0)          7.2   7   1   1   1   3  30   0   2   0   0  1.17
T McGraw                  0.1   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  0.00
R Taylor (Sv 1)           1.0   1   0   0   0   1   4   0   1   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   8   1   1   1   4  35   0   3   0   0 
 
 
Left On Base: Baltimore 7, New York 3 
Double Plays: Baltimore 0, New York 1 
Doubles: P Blair (1); B Powell (1); C Salmon (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: A Shamsky (1) 
RBIs: B Powell (3); A Shamsky 2(2) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: B Robinson (2) 
ORIOLES OUTLAST METS FOR 5-3 WIN.
Clendenon's 9th inning HR brings Mets close, but Watt shuts the door.
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Donn Clendenon is congratulated after hitting a two run HR that closed the O's lead to two runs. It was too little, too late as Baltimore evened the Series as the teams head to New York.

BALTIMORE, October 12 – The Baltimore Orioles responded to Tom Seaver’s Game 1 no-hitter with five early runs and hung on to tie the Series with a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets. Boog Powell and Frank Robinson blasted two-run homers off Jerry Koosman as Baltimore took the early lead. Donn Clendenon cut the Oriole lead to two runs with a two-run homer with one out in the ninth. Orioles’ starter Dave McNally needed some late support from fireman Eddie Watt to close out the ninth with the tying run at the plate. The teams will be off today as the Series moves to Shea Stadium for the next three games.

As baseball men know, every day is a new day. Boog Powell quickly erased the memories of yesterday's no-hitter by Seaver with an opposite field two-run homer down the left field line in the first inning. Frank Robinson plated another run in the third as his low liner down the left field line scored McNally who opened the inning with a walk. Don Buford raced home from second after his double, but Buford was nipped at home by Cleon Jones’ strong throw. McNally stymied Met rallies in the fourth and sixth with his fielding and pitching savvy. In the fourth, Harrelson slapped a single to right to open the frame. McNally came too far inside to Jones, and nicked Jones on the elbow. With no outs and runners at first and second, Donn Clendenon hit a comebacker to McNally who spun and fired to second to Belanger who turned the double play. McNally then struck out Ron Swoboda to end the inning. In the sixth, McNally stranded PH Duffy Dyer at third by retiring Harrelson and striking out Jones. McNally registered eleven strikeouts on the afternoon. Frank Robinson extended the Baltimore lead to 5-0 with a two-run opposite field homer to right off reliever Nolan Ryan.

Down by five, New York rallied as they have so often this season. With two outs in the seventh, Brooks Robinson uncharacteristically dropped a foul ball off the bat of Ed Charles. With the renewed life, Charles took advantage and charged a McNally fastball into the left field bleachers for two Met runs. Donn Clendenon drilled a two run shot to right with one out in the ninth to close the lead to two runs. Swoboda drew a walk from a tiring McNally, and Earl Weaver summoned for fastballer Eddie Watt to close the game. Watt’s first pitch went wild high over Charles’ head, and Swoboda moved to second. But, Watt retired Charles on a high fly that Belanger snared in foul territory behind third, and Jerry Grote flied to left to end the game.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
New York             0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  2 -  3   5   0 
Baltimore            2  0  1  0  0  2  0  0  x -  5   8   1 


New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg  Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg
T Agee CF              4  0  0  0 .000  D Buford LF            3  0  1  0 .167
B Harrelson SS         4  0  1  0 .167  P Blair CF             4  1  1  0 .143
C Jones LF             2  1  1  0 .167  F Robinson RF          2  2  2  3 .667
D Clendenon 1B         4  1  1  2 .250   M Rettenmund RF       0  0  0  0 .000
R Swoboda RF           3  0  0  0 .143  B Powell 1B            4  1  1  2 .167
E Charles 3B           4  1  1  1 .375  B Robinson 3B          4  0  2  0 .286
J Grote C              4  0  0  0 .143  D Johnson 2B           4  0  1  0 .143
A Weis 2B              3  0  0  0 .000  A Etchebarren C        2  0  0  0 .000
J Koosman P            1  0  0  0 .000   E Hendricks ph C      2  0  0  0 .000
 D Dyer ph             1  0  1  0 1000  M Belanger SS          2  0  0  0 .000
 N Ryan P              0  0  0  0 .000  D McNally P            2  1  0  0 .000
 R Gaspar ph           1  0  0  0 .000   E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000
 R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000  
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                31  3  5  3       Totals                29  5  8  5
 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Koosman (L 0-1)         5.0   3   3   3   2   4  19   0   1   0   1  5.40
N Ryan                    2.0   4   2   2   2   1  10   0   0   0   1  9.00
R Taylor                  1.0   1   0   0   1   0   5   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   8   5   5   5   5  34   0   1   0   2 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
D McNally (W 1-0)         8.1   5   3   2   2  11  32   1   1   0   2  2.16
E Watt (Sv 1)             0.2   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   5   3   2   2  11  34   1   1   0   2 
 
 
Left On Base: New York 4, Baltimore 5 
Double Plays: New York 1, Baltimore 1 
Doubles: D Buford (1); D Dyer (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: F Robinson (1); D Clendenon (1); B Powell (1); E Charles (1) 
RBIs: F Robinson 3(3); D Clendenon 2(2); B Powell 2(2); E Charles (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: M Belanger (1) 
Hit by Pitch: C Jones (1) 
Ground into Double Play: D Clendenon (1); E Hendricks (1)  
SEAVER OPENS WITH ACES HIGH!
Tom is terrific with 2nd no-hitter in Series history as Mets take 1-0 win.
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Tom Seaver pitched the 2nd no-hitter in World Series history as the Mets take an unbelievable one game lead.

BALTIMORE, October 11 – Tom Seaver pitched his way into the history books and his Mets into a one game lead in the 1969 World Series with a no-hitter against the American League champion Baltimore Orioles, 1-0. Seaver’s counterpart, Mike Cuellar, was almost as effective limiting the Mets to only five hits. New York scored its only run on a bases-loaded walk to Bud Harrelson scoring Ed Charles in the eighth. Seaver walked two and struck out five Orioles. Seaver never allowed a runner past first base in one of the more dominant World Series pitching performances this side of Don Larsen. In fact, the five hit total by both teams was the lowest in Series history since Larsen's perfection thirteen years ago. Seaver faced the minimum number of batters in the game despite the two passes. The 50,429 fans in attendance rose in anticipation in the bottom of the eighth as Boog Powell drew a one-out walk from Seaver. But, Seaver coaxed Brooks Robinson to bounce into an inning-ending double play: Harrelson to Weis to Clendenon.

The game started with fireworks as Frank Robinson was ejected by home plate umpire Hank Soar of the AL for arguing a called third strike in the bottom of the first. Robinson was ejected in Game 1 of the American League playoffs as well, and was replaced by Curt Motton. Soar’s strike zone remained a point of contention with the Oriole bench the rest of the afternoon. Through seven innings, Seaver allowed only a walk to Motton but had faced the minimum after he picked Motton off first base. Meanwhile going into the Met eighth, Cuellar allowed only a Donn Clendenon single and a walk to Jerry Grote. In the top of the eighth, Ed Charles singled past Cuellar and into center to lead off the inning. Jerry Grote follows with a grounder past a diving Boog Powell at first, but 2B Davey Johnson knocks the ball down past the infield to keep Charles at second. Al Weis pops out to the catcher, and Seaver sacrifices both runners into scoring position. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver instructs Cuellar to walk Tommie Agee, the hero of the NL playoffs with a three-run Game 5 homer. Bud Harrelson stepped in with bases loaded and draws two quick balls. Cuellar dropped a curve in for a called strike, but missed with another breaking pitch. With the crowd roaring in nervous anticipation, Soar called Cuellar’s next pitch outside and Charles trotted in with the Series’ first run. Cuellar re-grouped and retired Cleon Jones on a fly ball to center, but the damage had been done.

In the ninth, Davey Johnson drilled Seaver’s first pitch deep to left but the ball curved foul in front of the pole at the last moment. The close call seemed to rouse Seaver who promptly retired Johnson, struck out Belanger, and induced PH Chico Salmon to ground out weakly to Charles at third. The Mets surrounded Seaver and carried him off the field to the gracious applause of the remaining Oriole fans. Cy Young candidate Jerry Koosman will face Davy McNally today. One must wonder with these pitching staffs whether any more runs will cross the plate this Series.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
New York             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0 -  1   5   0 
Baltimore            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  0   0   0 


New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg  Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg
T Agee CF              3  0  0  0 .000  D Buford LF            3  0  0  0 .000
B Harrelson SS         2  0  0  1 .000  P Blair CF             3  0  0  0 .000
C Jones LF             4  0  0  0 .000  F Robinson RF          1  0  0  0 .000
D Clendenon 1B         4  0  1  0 .250   C Motton RF           1  0  0  0 .000
R Swoboda RF           4  0  1  0 .250  B Powell 1B            2  0  0  0 .000
E Charles 3B           4  1  2  0 .500  B Robinson 3B          3  0  0  0 .000
J Grote C              3  0  1  0 .333  E Hendricks C          3  0  0  0 .000
A Weis 2B              4  0  0  0 .000  D Johnson 2B           3  0  0  0 .000
T Seaver P             3  0  0  0 .000  M Belanger SS          3  0  0  0 .000
                                        M Cuellar P            2  0  0  0 .000
                                         E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000
                                         C Salmon ph           1  0  0  0 .000
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Totals                31  1  5  1       Totals                25  0  0  0
 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
T Seaver (W 1-0)          9.0   0   0   0   2   5  27   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   0   0   0   2   5  27   0   0   0   0 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
M Cuellar (L 0-1)         8.1   5   1   1   3   5  33   0   1   0   0  1.08
E Watt                    0.2   0   0   0   1   1   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   5   1   1   4   6  36   0   1   0   0 
 
 
Left On Base: New York 8, Baltimore 0 
Double Plays: New York 1, Baltimore 0 
Doubles: E Charles (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: none 
RBIs: B Harrelson (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: B Robinson (1)