August 21, 1966: Mets Come Back to Beat Phillies

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Date: August 21, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Bill Hepler
Key player(s): Larry Elliot, Cleon Jones, Jim Hickman
Key play: Jones’ RBI single, Hickman’s two-run homer

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played a three-hour and seventeen-minute game to start the twinbill at Connie Mack Stadium. The Mets came from behind for a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Phils’ starter Rick Wise pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Johnny Briggs singled against the Mets’ Jack Fisher to lead off the bottom half. Cookie Rojas reached on a force play ground ball to shortstop Ed Bressoud and advanced to second base on a ball hit into right field by Johnny Callison. On the play, Callison was out via a throw by right fielder Al Luplow to first baseman Ed Kranepool. A single by Dick Allen brought home Rojas for a 1-0 Phillies lead. Fisher then threw a called third strike past Bill White to end the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Larry Elliot reached on an error by second baseman Rojas with two outs in the top of the fourth. Cleon Jones hit a single and Kranepool was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An ensuing single by Ken Boyer scored Elliot to tie the game. Jones also tried to score on the hit, but was out via a throw by left fielder Tony Gonzalez to catcher Clay Dalrymple to finish off the inning. In the bottom half, Gonzalez got a one-out single and advanced to second on Dalrymple’s sacrifice bunt. Fisher retired Dick Groat on an inning-ending fly ball to Luplow. Wise then set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth.

Briggs drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rojas singled and Callison hit a home run for a 4-1 Philadelphia lead. Allen doubled and Mets’ reliever Rob Gardner issued a walk to White. Gonzalez lined out to left fielder Elliot and a walk to Dalrymple loaded the bases. Gardner retired Groat on a fly ball to Elliot that closed out the inning and Wise shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Gardner then held the Phils to a single by Briggs in a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Jones got an infield single and moved to second base on an error by third baseman Allen. Kranepool singled to drive home Jones and a force play ground ball by Boyer to Allen followed. Bressoud was struck out and pinch-hitter John Stephenson singled. On the play, an error by center fielder Briggs allowed Boyer to score and cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. Wise got pinch-hitter Chuck Hiller to fly out to Gonzalez and close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Bill Hepler then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Elliot got a two-out double in the top of the eighth inning. An ensuing single by Jones brought home pinch-runner Bud Harrelson to tie the game. Wise was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever John Morris, who surrendered a home run to pinch-hitter Jim Hickman that put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Terry Fox came in to pitch for the Phillies and got Boyer on a grounder to shortstop Groat to finish off the inning. In the bottom half, Groat drew a leadoff walk and pinch-hitter Harvey Kuenn flied out to left fielder Billy Murphy. Briggs drew a walk and Rojas grounded out to second baseman Ron Hunt to move the runners to second and third. Hepler threw a wild pitch that scored Groat and issued a walk to Callison. Mets’ reliever Jack Hamilton then struck out Allen to end the inning.

Philadelphia’s Ray Herbert pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. White grounded back to Hamilton to begin the bottom half. Gonzalez was retired on a ground ball to Hunt. Hamilton then struck out Dalrymple to end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a comeback victory.