April 26, 1966: Mets Win High-Scoring Battle
|Date: April 26, 1966|
|Mets starter: Jack Hamilton|
|Winning pitcher: Jack Hamilton|
|Key player(s): Ken Boyer, Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Mets' 6-run 8th inning|
The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It was a day of offensive production as the teams combined for 26 hits and eight errors were made. In the end, the Mets had a 14-11 victory over Chicago.
The Cubs scored in each of the first two innings against Mets' starter Jack Hamilton. Billy Williams came home when Ron Hunt mishandled a ball hit by John Herrnstein in the first and Randy Hundley homered to lead off the second. Meanwhile, Chicago's Ernie Broglio shut down the Mets, allowing only a leadoff double to Hunt in the top of the first.
Broglio walked Hunt and gave up a single to Roy McMillan with two out in the top of the third inning. Ken Boyer followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Ed Kranepool came up next and made it back-to-back homers for another New York run. The Cubs loaded the bases with two out in the bottom half, but Hamilton got Don Kessinger to line out to center fielder Cleon Jones for the final out.
In the fourth, Chicago's Adolfo Phillips hit a one-out double to center field. Jones misplayed the ball and Phillips came around to score on the play. The Mets did not score against reliever Cal Koonce in the top of the fifth and Hamilton shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning.
Leading off the sixth, Jones singled and went all the way to third on an error by Koonce. Cleon scored on Johnny Lewis's sacrifice fly and Jerry Grote singled. Grote stole second base and reached third on catcher Hundley's error. Koonce retired Hamilton and walked Hunt before allowing a single to McMillan that brought home Grote. After Boyer singled to score Hunt, Koonce was replaced on the mound by Cubs' reliever Ferguson Jenkins. With Kranepool at the plate, McMillan stole home to extend the Mets' lead to 8-3. Jenkins then struck out Kranepool to end the inning.
Chicago's Bill Faul retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Hamilton walked Herrnstein and gave up a double to Byron Browne with one out. Jack was replaced by Larry Bearnarth, off whom Hundley singled to bring home Herrnstein and Browne. With two out, Phillips doubled off Bearnarth to score Hundley and Kessinger, cutting the Mets' lead to 8-7. Reliever Darrell Sutherland then retired Glenn Beckert for the final out of the inning.
Billy Hoeft came in to pitch for the Cubs in the top of the eighth. He started by walking Grote and allowing a single to Sutherland. Hunt followed by reaching on first baseman Herrnstein's two-base error that brought home Grote. After retiring McMillan on a comeback grounder, Hoeft walked Boyer intentionally to load the bases. Kranepool foiled the strategy with a single to center field, scoring Sutherland and Hunt to increase the Met lead to 11-7. Al Luplow grounded out and Jones followed with a triple to bring home Boyer and Kranepool. Lewis's single scored Jones for the Mets' sixth run of the inning and Hoeft was removed from the game. Chicago's Ted Abernanthy struck out Grote for the third out.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Browne singled with one out to score Ron Santo. Dave Eilers replaced Sutherland and gave up a single to Hundley that loaded the bases for the Cubs. Kessinger singled to bring home Herrnstein and Browne, making the score 14-10. Pinch-hitter George Altman added a single to plate Hundley for another Chicago run. For the Mets, Dennis Ribant relieved Eilers and set down the next two batters to end the inning.
Cubs' reliever Bob Hendley pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning. Ribant did likewise in the bottom half to end the game. The Mets had a win of a battle that featured 25 runs, 6 of which were unearned.