|Swoboda's two HR's help catapult the Mets to victory|
The Mets visited the 1968 NL Pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals for a two game series. Game one was a see-saw battle between the two teams. St. Louis scored first on Vada Pinson’s RBI single of Curt Flood off Gary Gentry in the 3rd. Donn Clendenon led off the top of the 4th with a walk and the next batter Ron Swoboda drilled a Steve Carlton pitch out of the park-putting New York up 2-1.
In the 5th it was the Cardinal’s turn to take the lead again. Lou Brock singled with two out, and then swiped second, setting up a Flood RBI single. Pinson then singled, putting runners on the corners. Joe Torre ripped a single to left-center-driving in Flood.
The Cardinals held serve again with a 3-2 advantage until the top of the 8th. Tommie Agee singled. Carlton then whiffed Clendenon but gave up his second longball of the game to Swoboda, whose 9th HR of the year gave New York a 4-3 lead. Tug McGraw put two on with one out in the 9th but worked out of the jam-picking up his 6th victory of the season.
The fading Cubs lost to Montreal so now the Mets lead was 4.5 games.