July 16, 1967: Bennett and Kranepool Lift Mets Over Cards

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Date: July 16, 1967
Mets starter: Dennis Bennett
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Dennis Bennett
Key player(s): Dennis Bennett, Hal Reniff, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool’s two-run homer

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played a two-hour opener of the twinbill at Busch Memorial Stadium. Dennis Bennett pitched seven solid innings and Ed Kranepool hit a two-run homer in a 2-1 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Bennett and the Cards’ Ray Washburn each hurled scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Dennis gave up three singles and issued three walks while the Mets got only a double by Jerry Buchek and a triple by Bud Harrelson in being shut down by Washburn. Leading off the top of the seventh, Tommy Davis hit a double to right field. Kranepool homered for a 2-0 Mets lead and Buchek popped out to first baseman Orlando Cepeda. Ed Charles grounded out to third baseman Ed Spiezio. Washburn then retired Tommie Reynolds on a pop-up to second baseman Julian Javier to end the inning.

Bennett got Ed Bressoud on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson to open the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano grounded out to Harrelson and a single by Lou Brock ensued. Brock stole second base and came around to score on a single by Javier. Bennett retired Spiezio on a fly ball to center fielder Larry Stahl that closed out the inning and Cardinals’ reliever Joe Hoerner pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Bobby Tolan got an infield single against the Mets’ Hal Reniff with two outs in the bottom half. With pinch-hitter Tim McCarver at bat, Tolan was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Jerry Grote to Harrelson for the inning’s final out.

Hoerner set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. McCarver grounded out to second baseman Buchek to lead off the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Roger Maris was retired on a foul pop-up to Grote. Reniff then got pinch-hitter Larry Jaster to ground out to Buchek and end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader.