August 21, 1965: Fast Start Foils Cards

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Date: August 21, 1965
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Kranepool, Joe Christopher, Chris Cannizzaro
Key play: Kranepool’s walk, Mets RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets scored five runs in the first two innings and defeated St. Louis, 6-2.

Mets’ starter Jack Fisher pitched a perfect top of the first. Ron Hunt hit a single against the Cards’ Bob Purkey to lead off the bottom half. Roy McMillan grounded out to first baseman Bill White and a pop-up by Charley Smith was caught by second baseman Dal Maxvill. Consecutive walks to Johnny Lewis and Ron Swoboda loaded the bases. Ed Kranepool drew a walk to force home Hunt with the first run of the game. Joe Christopher singled to score Lewis and Swoboda for a 3-0 Mets lead. Redbirds’ reliever Nelson Briles then retired Chris Cannizzaro on a fly ball to left fielder Lou Brock for the third out.

After setting down the side in order in the top of the second, Fisher singled to open the bottom half. Briles retired the next three Mets batters and Jack hurled a perfect top of the third. Lewis drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Swoboda was called out on strikes and Kranepool grounded out to Maxvill. Christopher was hit by a pitch and Cannizzaro singled to drive home Lewis. Fisher followed with a single that scored Christopher and increased the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Briles then got Hunt to line out to center fielder Curt Flood and finish off the inning.

Dick Groat drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Groat advanced to second base on Flood’s ground out to third baseman Smith and came around to score on a single by White. Ken Boyer grounded out to Smith to end the inning and Briles shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Fisher yielded only a single to Tim McCarver in the top of the fifth and Cannizzaro singled against St. Louis reliever Ray Sadecki with one out in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Fisher moved Cannizzaro to second. Sadecki then threw a called third strike past Hunt for the inning’s final out.

Fisher gave up only a double to Flood in the top of the sixth. McMillan hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Smith singled to plate McMillan for a 6-1 Mets lead. Sadecki fanned both Lewis and Swoboda and got Kranepool on an inning-ending ground ball to Maxvill. In the top of the seventh, the Cards had runners at second and third base with two outs when pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano was retired on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Lewis. Redbirds’ reliever Hal Woodeshick then set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Brock hit a leadoff double in the top of the eighth. Groat singled to bring home Brock with the Cardinals’ second run of the game. Flood went down on strikes and White grounded out to second baseman Hunt. Boyer popped out to catcher Cannizzaro to end the inning and Woodeshick pitched a perfect bottom half. Bob Skinner began the top of the ninth with a single to left field. McCarver lined out to left fielder Gary Kolb and a walk to Maxvill ensued. Fisher then fanned pinch-hitter Mike Shannon and got Brock on a force play ground ball to shortstop McMillan for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.