August 21, 1966: McGraw's 2-Hitter Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: August 21, 1966|
|Mets starter: Tug McGraw|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Tug McGraw, Larry Elliot|
|Key play: Elliot's double in 6th|
The Mets and Phillies played a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener, the Mets tried for a sweep in Game 2. Tug McGraw pitched a complete game two-hitter as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 5-1, for their second triumph of the day.
McGraw and the Phillies' Jim Bunning each threw four innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. In the top of the fifth, Ed Kranepool singled to lead off before Bunning retired the next three batters. The Phils then took a 1-0 lead when Bill White hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the inning.
Bunning walked Bud Harrelson to open the top of the sixth. Harrelson moved to second base on Chuck Hiller's single with one out. Larry Elliot followed with a double to score Harrelson and Hiller, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. McGraw then retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half and did so again in the seventh and eighth innings.
In the top of the ninth, Darold Knowles came on to pitch for Philadelphia. Knowles set down the first two Mets hitters before yielding a single to Kranepool and walking Al Luplow. Facing reliever Terry Fox, Ed Bressoud singled to score Kranepool. Jerry Grote followed with a double to bring home Luplow and Bressoud, extending the Mets' lead to four runs.
McGraw set down the Phils 1-2-3 for the fourth straight inning in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a win to complete a sweep of the twinbill. The two-hit victory was Tug's only complete game of the season.