April 21, 1967: Five Runs in 2nd Bury Phils
|Date: April 21, 1967|
|Mets starter: Jack Fisher|
|Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher|
|Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Chuck Hiller, Bud Harrelson|
|Key play: Fisher’s and Hiller’s doubles|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the second inning and came away with a 6-3 win over Philadelphia.
Johnny Briggs drew a walk against Mets’ starter Jack Fisher with one out in the top of the first. Briggs advanced to third base on Dick Allen’s single and came home on a single by Johnny Callison. Tony Gonzalez hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Chuck Hiller to score Allen for a 2-0 Phils lead. On the play, shortstop Bud Harrelson made an error that sent Gonzalez to second. Fisher retired Cookie Rojas on a grounder to Hiller for the third out. Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Fisher set down the Phillies on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the second. Tommy Davis doubled against Bunning to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ed Kranepool hit a single on which right fielder Callison made an error that allowed Davis to come home. Ken Boyer followed with a double on which Kranepool was out at the plate via a relay throw by second baseman Rojas to catcher Clay Dalrymple. Jerry Grote singled and Harrelson reached on an error by Rojas to bring home Boyer and tie the game. Fisher hit a double to score Grote and Harrelson for a 4-2 Mets lead. Hiller doubled to drive home Fisher with the fifth New York run. Don Bosch hit a single and Phils’ reliever Grant Jackson retired Al Luplow on a foul pop-up to Rojas. Jackson then got Davis to fly out to right fielder Callison and finish off the inning.
Allen hit a two-out triple in the top of the third. Callison drew a walk and Gonzalez grounded back to Fisher for the inning’s final out. Boyer walked with one out in the bottom half. Grote hit a single to advance Boyer to third base. Harrelson followed with a fielders’ choice grounder to score Boyer and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Fisher drew a walk that loaded the bases. Jackson then fanned both Hiller and Bosch to close out the inning.
Fisher yielded just a single to Tony Taylor in the top of the fourth. Jackson gave up only a single to Luplow in the bottom half and Jack hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Fisher singled to right field. Hiller was struck out to end the inning and Callison homered for the Phillies’ third run to open the top of the sixth. Fisher set down the next three batters to end the inning and Bosch got a bunt single to begin the bottom half. With Luplow at bat, Bosch was caught stealing second base on Dalrymple’s throw to shortstop Bobby Wine. Luplow drew a walk and Davis flied out to Callison. Jackson then threw a called third strike past Kranepool to finish off the inning.
Fisher surrendered only a walk to pinch-hitter Tito Francona in the top of the seventh. Harrelson hit a two-out double against Phils’ reliever Pedro Ramos in the bottom half. Philadelphia’s Ruben Gomez threw a called third strike past Fisher to end the inning and Gonzalez singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Rojas hit a single and Don Shaw came in to pitch for the Mets. Shaw threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Don Lock for the inning’s third out. Gomez then yielded just a single to Hiller in the bottom half.
Taylor grounded out to Hiller to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jackie Brandt was retired on a ground ball to Harrelson. Shaw then got pinch-hitter Gary Sutherland to hit a grounder to Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.