|Mets lose but Gil Hodges was all smiles thinking about the playoffs|
The Miracle 1969 regular season winds down on this afternoon in Wrigley. The Mets jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on Ken Boswell’s 2-run single in the 1st. They added another in the 4th on Cleon Jones’ fielder’s choice groundout. In the 4th Ron Santo put the Cubs on the board with a HR and an inning later Willie Smith’s RBI double pulled Chicago within a run.
The Cubs took the lead for good in the 6th when Ernie Banks sent one sailing over the ivy with two runners aboard-putting Chicago up for good, 5-3.
The Mets finish the 1969 regular season 100-62, 8 games ahead of the Cubs and will face the NL West champion Atlanta Braves in a best of five series in the inaugural Divisional Playoffs.