October 5, 1969 The Mets scored early and often in this one, pounding six Braves pitchers for thirteen hits and eleven runs. Ed Kranepool brought in the first run in the top of the first with a bases-loaded single. Tommie Agee’s two-run home run after a walk next inning extended the Mets’ lead to 3–0. Cleon Jones doubled with two outs and scored on Art Shamsky’s single to knock starter Ron Reed out of the game. Next inning off of Paul Doyle, Jerry Grote reached on an error before scoring on Bud Harrelson’s double. After a two-out intentional walk, Wayne Garrett’s RBI single made it 6–0 Mets. Ken Boswell’s two-run home run off of Milt Pappas made it 8–0 Mets. The Braves got on the board in the bottom half off of starter Jerry Koosman when Rico Carty doubled with one out and scored on Orlando Cepeda’s single. In the top of the fifth, Garrett doubled and scored on Jones’s single. In the bottom half, Koosman got two outs before allowing a single and walk, then Hank Aaron’s three-run home run cut the Mets’ lead to 9–4. After a walk and double, Clete Boyer’s two-run single brought the Braves within three. However, Ron Taylor, who earned the win, and Tug McGraw held them scoreless for the rest of the game while Jones’s two-run home run in the seventh off of Cecil Upshaw extended the Mets’ lead to 11–6. They took a 2–0 series lead heading to New York.

This game at Atlanta Stadium forced the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons to move their home game that day against the Baltimore Colts to Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Tech. That same day, the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers had to be moved to the University of Minnesota’s Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis, in order to enable Metropolitan Stadium to be ready the following day for Game 3 of the ALCS between the Minnesota Twins and the Baltimore Orioles.

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League Championship Series Game 2 Played on Sunday, October 5, 1969 (D) at Atlanta Stadium

NY  N    1  3  2    2  1  0    2  0  0  -  11 13  1
ATL N    0  0  0    1  5  0    0  0  0  -   6  9  3
BOX+PBP
WP: Taylor (1-0)
LP: Reed (0-1)
SV: McGraw (1)
HR: Agee (1), Jones (1), Boswell (1), H. Aaron (2)

Play by Play

METS 1ST: Agee singled to right; Garrett walked [Agee to
second]; Agee stole third and Garrett stole second; Jones
walked; Shamsky was called out on strikes; Boswell struck out;
Kranepool singled to right [Agee scored, Garrett to third, Jones
to second]; Grote was called out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3
LOB.  Mets 1, Braves 0.

BRAVES 1ST: Millan walked; Gonzalez was called out on strikes;
H. Aaron grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to
first) [Millan out at second]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 1,
Braves 0.

METS 2ND: Harrelson lined to left; Koosman walked; Agee homered
[Koosman scored]; Garrett grounded out (pitcher to first); Jones
doubled to left; Shamsky singled to right [Jones scored, Shamsky
to third (error by Gonzalez)]; DOYLE REPLACED REED (PITCHING);
Boswell struck out; 3 R, 3 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 4, Braves 0.

BRAVES 2ND: Carty grounded out (third to first); Cepeda was
called out on strikes; Boyer lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Mets 4, Braves 0.

METS 3RD: Kranepool struck out; Grote reached on an error by
Cepeda; Harrelson doubled to left [Grote scored (unearned)];
Koosman was called out on strikes; Agee was walked
intentionally; Garrett singled to center [Harrelson scored
(unearned), Agee to third]; PAPPAS REPLACED DOYLE (PITCHING);
Jones struck out; 2 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 6, Braves 0.

BRAVES 3RD: Didier was called out on strikes; Garrido singled to
center; Pappas struck out; Millan walked [Garrido to second];
Gonzalez lined to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 6, Braves 0.

METS 4TH: Shamsky singled to right; Boswell homered [Shamsky
scored]; Kranepool grounded out (second to first); Grote lined
to right; Harrelson flied out to right; 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Mets 8, Braves 0.

BRAVES 4TH: H. Aaron popped to first in foul territory; Carty
doubled to right; Cepeda singled to center [Carty scored]; Boyer
struck out; Didier forced Cepeda (shortstop unassisted); 1 R, 2
H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 8, Braves 1.

METS 5TH: Koosman was called out on strikes; Agee struck out;
Garrett doubled to right; Jones singled to right [Garrett
scored]; Jones stole second; Shamsky struck out; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Mets 9, Braves 1.

BRAVES 5TH: Garrido flied out to center; T. AARON BATTED FOR
PAPPAS; T. Aaron grounded out (pitcher to first); Millan singled
to right; Gonzalez walked [Millan to second]; H. Aaron homered
[Millan scored, Gonzalez scored]; Carty walked; Cepeda doubled
to left [Carty to third]; Boyer singled to center [Carty scored,
Cepeda scored]; TAYLOR REPLACED KOOSMAN (PITCHING); Didier lined
to second; 5 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 9, Braves 6.

METS 6TH: BRITTON REPLACED T. AARON (PITCHING); Boswell flied
out to right; Kranepool walked; Grote reached on a fielder's
choice [Kranepool to second]; UPSHAW REPLACED BRITTON
(PITCHING); Kranepool was caught stealing third (catcher to
third); Harrelson was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Mets 9, Braves 6.

BRAVES 6TH: Garrido flied out to center; Upshaw struck out;
Millan singled to center; Gonzalez struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Mets 9, Braves 6.

METS 7TH: MARTIN BATTED FOR TAYLOR; Martin flied out to center;
Agee walked; Agee stole second; Garrett flied out to center
[Agee to third]; Jones homered [Agee scored]; Shamsky singled to
right; GASPAR RAN FOR SHAMSKY; Boswell grounded out (second to
first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 11, Braves 6.

BRAVES 7TH: GASPAR STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); WEIS REPLACED
MARTIN (PLAYING 2B); MCGRAW REPLACED BOSWELL (PITCHING); H.
Aaron lined to left; Carty reached on an error by Harrelson
[Carty to second]; Cepeda flied out to right; Boyer flied out to
right; 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 11, Braves 6.

METS 8TH: Kranepool grounded out (first unassisted); Grote
grounded out (third to first); Harrelson grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 11, Braves 6.

BRAVES 8TH: Didier grounded out (second to first); Garrido flied
out to center; ASPROMONTE BATTED FOR UPSHAW; Aspromonte popped
to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 11,
Braves 6.

METS 9TH: NEIBAUER REPLACED ASPROMONTE (PITCHING); Weis reached
on an error by Boyer; Agee grounded out (third to first) [Weis
to second]; Garrett struck out; Jones grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 11, Braves 6.

BRAVES 9TH: Millan walked; Gonzalez singled to center [Millan to
second]; H. Aaron was called out on strikes; Carty grounded into
a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Gonzalez out at
second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 11, Braves 6.