Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Qualifier Round: Mets squeek by 'Stros in two 14 inning games

GAME 1 - Shea Stadium
Mike Cuellar vs Dennis Ribant

Mets 5, Astros 4 (14 inn)
Jim Hickman's RBI single in the bottom of the 7th tied the game up at 2-2, which is how it stayed until the top of the 14th inning.  Houston scored 2 run in games 5th extra frame on an RBI single by Lee Maye and a squeeze bunt by Sonny Jackson.  New York headed into the home half of the 14th needing 2 runs to tie or the game was over.  Journeyman reliever Jim Owens was not up to the task of getting 3 Metropolitians out.  Cleon Jones led off with a single and Ken Boyer walked to bring the go ahead run to the plate in the form of hometown hero Ed Kranepool.  Steady Eddie swung on and missed an 0-2 curveball for the first and what would turn out to be the only out of the inning.  That set the stage for Jim Hickman to be the hero with a 339 foot line drive that barely cleared the 338 marker on the foul pole.  Hickman's walkoff homer handed the win to rookie Bill Helper, who handed Houston 2 runs in the top of the inning.
Mets lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Astrodome
Jack Fisher vs Larry Dierker
Mets 5, Astros 3 (14 inn)
A lot rested on the 19 year old arm of Larry Dierker who went 11 full innings, but still wasn't able to get a decision.  Once again these two teams went 14 innings before a decision could be rendered.  New York had a 3-1 lead after 4 1/2 innings of play, but the Astros tied it up with 2 in the bottom of the 5th.  8 scoreless innings would follow until the top of the 14th.  With one out Chuck Harrison booted a grounder off the bat of Elliott.  Former Astro Jerry Grote walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd.  Banjo hitting shortstop Roy McMillian also walked, which loaded the bases for Bud Harrelson who squeezed home Elliott for the go ahead run.  An error by shortstop Sonny Jackson led to a second run, which was just too much for the anemic Astro offense to overcome.
Mets win series 2-0

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