August 22, 1965: Hickman's Homer in 8th Jolts Cardinals

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Date: August 22, 1965
Mets starter: Darrell Sutherland
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Gordon Richardson
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Joe Christopher, Jim Hickman
Key play: Kranepool’s and Christopher’s RBI singles, Hickman’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-seven-minute first game of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. A three-run homer by Jim Hickman in the eighth inning capped a Mets comeback for a 7-5 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Darrell Sutherland yielded only a single to Curt Flood in the top of the first inning. Ron Hunt doubled against the Cards’ Tracy Stallard to lead off the bottom half. Roy McMillan’s sacrifice bunt moved Hunt to third base and Charley Smith drew a walk. Johnny Lewis followed with a ground ball on which Hunt got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by third baseman Ken Boyer. A single by Ron Swoboda scored Smith from second for a 1-0 Mets lead. Stallard then retired Ed Kranepool on a grounder to first baseman Bill White to end the inning.

Sutherland and Stallard each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Darrell hurled a perfect top of the fifth and Hunt hit his second double with one out in the bottom half. McMillan singled to drive home Hunt for the Mets’ second run of the game. Bobby Klaus was called out on strikes and Lewis was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to White. Sutherland set down the Redbirds in order in the top of the sixth. Stallard then surrendered just a walk to Swoboda in the bottom of the inning.

Bob Skinner hit a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Tim McCarver singled and Dal Maxvill popped out to third baseman Klaus. Pinch-hitter Tito Francona lined out to right fielder Joe Christopher and a double by Lou Brock drove home Skinner. Dick Groat singled to score McCarver and Brock for a 3-2 Cardinals lead. Flood grounded back to Sutherland for the inning’s final out. St. Louis reliever Don Dennis then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

White homered against Mets’ reliever Gordon Richardson to open the top of the eighth. Boyer took a called third strike and Skinner tripled to left field. McCarver grounded back to Richardson to bring home pinch-runner Julian Javier with the Redbirds’ fifth run. Maxvill popped out to second baseman Hunt to finish off the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Lewis singled and went to third on a single by Swoboda. Kranepool hit a single that scored Lewis. A single by Christopher plated pinch-runner Al Jackson and reduced the St. Louis lead to 5-4. Dennis was then replaced on the mound by Cards’ reliever Hal Woodeshick.

As a pinch-hitter for John Stephenson (who had been announced as a pinch-hitter for Chris Cannizzaro), Hickman came up to bat. Jim slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Chuck Hiller was struck out and Woodeshick got Hunt to hit a grounder to Boyer that finished off the inning. To begin the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Dave Eilers retired pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano on a ground ball to shortstop McMillan. Brock flied out to center fielder Lewis and a double by Groat ensued. Flood then grounded back to Eilers to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to start the doubleheader.