On July 21, 1970, San Diego Padres manager Preston Gomez lifts starter Clay Kirby for a pinch-hitter, Cito Gaston in the eighth inning, even though the right-hander has a no-hitter in progress. With the Padres trailing 1-0, Gomez decides to play for the win instead of letting Kirby finish. The Mets had manufactured a run in the first, Kirby walked the leadoff man, Tommy Agee, Agee stole 2nd, and after another walk to Ken Singleton, the Mets pulled off a double steal and agee would score on a fielders choice. Kirby was effectively wild and did walk 3 more batters with only one, Joy Foy getting into scoring position. The Padres eventually lose both the game 3-0 and as the Mets added 2 runs and 3 hits of reliever Jack Baldschun.

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