July 16, 1967: Five Runs in 5th Give Mets Sweep
|Date: July 16, 1967|
|Mets starter: Dick Selma|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw|
|Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Ed Charles, Jerry Grote, Bob Shaw|
|Key play: Kranepool’s home run, Charles’ RBI single, Grote’s double|
The Mets faced the Cardinals in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. A five-run fifth inning lifted the Mets to an 8-5 win over the Redbirds.
Bud Harrelson singled against Cards’ starter Jim Cosman to begin the top of the first. Cleon Jones grounded out to first baseman Orlando Cepeda to advance Harrelson to second base. Tommy Davis was hit by a pitch and Ed Kranepool flied out to center fielder Bobby Tolan to move Harrelson to third. Davis stole second and Cosman retired Jerry Buchek on a pop-up to shortstop Dal Maxvill that ended the inning.
Lou Brock hit a leadoff triple against the Mets’ Dick Selma in the bottom of the first. Tolan followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Brock for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. Roger Maris homered for the Cardinals’ second run and Cepeda flied out to center fielder Jones. Tim McCarver hit a double and Selma struck out Mike Shannon to finish off the inning. Cosman shut down the Mets in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom half, Maxvill singled to center field. Maxvill went to second base on Cosman’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Brock drew a walk and (with Tolan at bat) was caught stealing on catcher Jerry Grote’s throw to shortstop Harrelson for the inning’s final out.
Harrelson walked against Cosman to open the top of the third inning. Bud advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Jones drew a walk. Davis flied out to right fielder Maris to send Harrelson to third. On a pickoff attempt, Cepeda made an error that allowed Harrelson to score and Jones to move to second. Kranepool singled to score Jones with the tying run and went to second on left fielder Brock’s throw to the plate. Buchek singled against Redbirds’ reliever Jack Lamabe to bring home Kranepool, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. Ed Charles hit a single and Lamabe got Ron Swoboda on a ground ball to third baseman Shannon for an inning-ending double play. Selma then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Lamabe set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Julian Javier got a two-out single against Selma in the bottom of the inning. Javier went to second base on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch. Maxvill drew a walk and Lamabe singled to score Javier. Brock hit a single against Mets’ reliever Don Shaw to drive home Maxvill and put the Cardinals ahead, 4-3. Don Shaw then retired Tolan on a line drive to first baseman Kranepool to close out the inning.
Davis got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Kranepool homered to put the Mets back in front by a run. Buchek singled and continued on to second base via an error by Lamabe. Charles hit a single to drive home Buchek and advanced to second as Swoboda reached on Shannon’s error. Grote followed with a double that plated Buchek and Charles for five runs in the inning and an 8-4 Mets lead. Lamabe was replaced on the mound by St. Louis reliever Ron Willis, who retired Tommie Reynolds on a grounder to Cepeda. Willis struck out Harrelson to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Bob Shaw then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Willis limited the Mets to a single by Davis in the top of the sixth. Bob Shaw pitched a perfect bottom half and Cards’ reliever Hal Woodeshick yielded only a single to Charles in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom of the inning, Brock got a bunt single and moved to second base on an error by Grote. Tolan and Maris were retired on consecutive infield ground balls. Cepeda singled to score Brock for the Redbirds’ fifth run of the game. Bob Shaw then got McCarver to fly out to right fielder Swoboda and finish off the inning.
Woodeshick surrendered just a walk to Jones in the top of the eighth. Shannon reached on an error by Kranepool to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ed Spiezio hit a grounder to Harrelson for a double play and Maxvill grounded back to Bob Shaw for the third out. St. Louis reliever Al Jackson then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.
Phil Gagliano grounded out to third baseman Charles to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Brock was also retired on a ground ball to Charles. Bob Shaw then got Tolan to fly out to Swoboda and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader sweep of the National League’s first-place team.