August 25, 1965: Richardson's Relief Holds Off Dodgers

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Date: August 25, 1965
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Gordon Richardson
Key player(s): Gordon Richardson, Joe Christopher, Ed Kranepool, Chris Cannizzaro
Key play: Cannizzaro’s walk in 1st, Kranepool’s single and triple, Christopher’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Gordon Richardson pitched six and two-thirds innings of solid relief in a 7-5 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Maury Wills singled against Mets’ starter Jack Fisher to lead off the top of the first. Jim Gilliam hit a triple to score Wills and came home on Willie Davis’s sacrifice fly. Fisher retired the next two batters to close out the inning and Ron Hunt drew a walk against the Dodgers’ Claude Osteen to lead off the bottom half. Roy McMillan flied out to center fielder Davis and a single by Joe Christopher followed. Ron Swoboda hit a double to drive home Hunt and an intentional walk to Jim Hickman loaded the bases. Ed Kranepool singled to score Christopher and a walk to Chris Cannizzaro forced home Swoboda for a 3-2 Mets lead. Osteen then got Chuck Hiller on a ground ball to second baseman Jim Lefebvre for an inning-ending double play.

With one out in the top of the second, Wes Parker hit a home run to tie the game. Fisher retired John Roseboro on a fly ball to center fielder Hickman and struck out Osteen to end the inning. Jack got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Hunt went down on strikes and McMillan grounded out to shortstop Wills. Christopher slugged a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-3. Osteen then threw a called third strike past Swoboda for the inning’s final out.

Gilliam and Davis got back-to-back singles against Fisher with one out in the top of the third. Richardson came in to pitch for the Mets and got Ron Fairly to hit a force play grounder to second baseman Hiller. Lou Johnson doubled to score Gilliam and reduce the Mets’ lead to 5-4. Lefebvre lined out to third baseman Hunt to finish off the inning and Osteen set down the side in order in the bottom half. Richardson hurled a perfect top of the fourth and Hunt got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Osteen then retired McMillan on a ground ball to third baseman Gilliam that ended the inning.

Davis reached on first baseman Kranepool’s error with two outs in the top of the fifth. With Fairly at bat, Davis was caught stealing second base on catcher Cannizzaro’s throw to shortstop McMillan for the inning’s third out. Hickman hit a two-out double against Osteen in the bottom half. Kranepool tripled to plate Hickman and came home on a wild pitch to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer issued a walk to Cannizzaro and got Hiller on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Fairly. Richardson retired the Dodgers in order in the top of the sixth. Brewer then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Richardson set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Dodgers’ reliever Nick Willhite hit Hickman with a pitch to open the bottom of the inning. Kranepool was struck out and Cannizzaro singled. Hiller grounded out to Lefebvre and a strikeout of Richardson finished off the inning. Gordon yielded only a single to Gilliam in the top of the eighth. Willhite then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Johnson was retired on a fly ball to Hickman to begin the top of the ninth. Lefebvre grounded out to Hunt and a single by Parker ensued. Jeff Torborg doubled to bring home Parker with the Dodgers’ fifth run. Richardson then got pinch-hitter Don Drysdale to ground out to McMillan and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Gordon’s relief.