August 13, 1967: Mets Come Back Twice to Sweep Bucs

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Date: August 13, 1967
Mets starter: Bob Hendley
Mets: 11
Pirates: 9
Winning pitcher: Don Shaw
Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Ed Charles, Ron Swoboda, Tommy Davis
Key play: Swoboda’s homer, Harrelson’s and Charles’ singles in 8th, Davis’s sacrifice fly

The Mets and Pirates faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in the second game. Coming from behind twice, the Mets emerged with an 11-9 win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Bob Hendley pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson singled against the Bucs’ Vernon Law to lead off the bottom half. On Ed Charles’ sacrifice bunt, Harrelson advanced all the way to third base. Bud scored on an ensuing single by Tommy Davis for the first run of the game. Ron Swoboda hit a single to send Davis to third. Ed Kranepool followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Davis for a 2-0 Mets lead. A single by Jerry Buchek moved Swoboda to third. Law then retired Cleon Jones on a ground ball to third baseman Andre Rodgers for the third out.

After a scoreless second, Law got a single and went to second base on third baseman Charles’ error to open the top of the third inning. Maury Wills followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Harrelson made an error that moved Law to third. Jose Pagan reached second base on an error by left fielder Davis that allowed Law to score and Wills to go to third. Manny Mota singled to drive home Wills and Pagan, putting the Pirates ahead by a run. On the hit, Mota advanced to third as Davis committed the Mets’ fourth error of the inning. Hendley retired Bill Mazeroski on a foul pop-up to Charles and got Donn Clendenon to fly out to right fielder Swoboda. Willie Stargell hit a two-run homer and Dick Selma came in to pitch for the Mets. Rodgers greeted Selma with a home run to extend the Pittsburgh lead to 6-2. Dick followed up with an inning-ending strikeout of Manny Sanguillen. Law then held the Mets to a double by Charles in the bottom half.

Selma retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Law hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Mets’ reliever Billy Wynne shut down the Bucs in the top of the fifth. Charles got a one-out single in the bottom half. Davis drew a walk and Swoboda slugged a three-run homer to cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-5. Law was replaced on the mound by Pittsburgh’s Dennis Ribant, who struck out Kranepool and retired Buchek on a grounder to Rodgers that ended the inning. To begin the top of the sixth, Sanguillen singled and advanced to second base on Ribant’s sacrifice bunt. Wills grounded out to second baseman Buchek and a walk to Pagan ensued. Wynne then got Mota to fly out to Swoboda and finish off the inning.

Jones hit a single to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Phil Linz was called out on strikes and John Sullivan singled to send Jones to third base. Against Bucs’ reliever Elroy Face, Harrelson hit a sacrifice fly to score Jones and tie the game. Charles popped out to second baseman Mazeroski to end the inning and Stargell singled against the Mets’ Don Shaw with two outs in the top of the seventh. Shaw issued a walk to Rodgers and got Sanguillen on a force play ground ball to Harrelson for the inning’s final out. Face then gave up only a double to Kranepool in a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Roberto Clemente drew a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth inning. Wills followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Matty Alou to second base. Pagan singled to drive home Alou with the go-ahead run and moved to second on a throw. Mota hit a single that scored Pagan and extended that Pirates’ lead to 8-6. On his own hit, Mota was out at second via a throw by center fielder Jones to Harrelson. Shaw then got Mazeroski on a fly ball to Davis to close out the inning.

Jones reached on an error by Pittsburgh reliever Al McBean to begin the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Bob Johnson singled and Sullivan got a bunt single to load the bases. Harrelson singled to drive home Jones with the Mets’ seventh run. Against the Bucs’ Juan Pizzaro, Charles hit a single that plated Johnson and retied the game. Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to score pinch-runner Cal Koonce and put the Mets ahead. Swoboda was walked intentionally to reload the bases and Kranepool hit a force play grounder to shortstop Wills on which Charles came home. Harrelson, who did not stop running on the play, also crossed the plate to increase the Mets’ lead to 11-8. Pizzaro then retired Buchek on a grounder to Wills that ended the inning.

Clendenon singled against Mets’ reliever Hal Reniff to lead off the top of the ninth. Stargell hit a force play grounder to Buchek and a walk to pinch-hitter Manny Jimenez ensued. Pinch-hitter Al Luplow singled to drive home Stargell with the Pirates’ ninth run and Alou hit a single to load the bases. Ron Taylor then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Wills to hit a ground ball to Buchek for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.