July 19, 1967: Mets Down Astros in DH Opener

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Date: July 19, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 8
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Kranepool's double, Swoboda's home run

The Mets faced the Astros in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams played a two-hour and one-minute opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. The Mets got the day started with an 8-4 win over Houston.

To begin the top of the first inning, Joe Morgan drew a walk and moved to second base on Sonny Jackson's ground out to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Jim Wynn grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a single by Rusty Staub drove home Morgan with the first run of the game. Mets' starter Jack Fisher retired Eddie Mathews on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cleon Jones. With two outs in the bottom half, Ed Charles and Tommy Davis got back-to-back singles against the Astros' Mike Cuellar. Jerry Buchek then hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Mathews for the inning's final out.

Fisher and Cuellar each pitched scoreless second and third innings. Mathews and Norm Miller got consecutive singles with one out in the top of the fourth. Jackie Brandt hit a force play grounder to Harrelson and a pop-up by John Bateman was caught by Kranepool to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Buchek and Ron Swoboda got back-to-back singles to left field. Kranepool doubled to score Buchek and Swoboda for a 2-1 Mets lead. Jerry Grote hit a single to send Kranepool to third base. Cuellar then got Fisher to ground out to Mathews and finish off the inning.

Fisher retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Harrelson singled to open the bottom half. Jones reached on center fielder Wynn's three-base error that allowed Harrelson to come home. Charles hit a single to score Jones and advanced to third base on Tommy Davis's double against Houston reliever Barry Latman. Buchek hit a sacrifice fly that plated Charles. Swoboda followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets' lead to 7-1. Latman then got Kranepool to pop out to first baseman Brandt and retired Grote on a grounder to shortstop Jackson for the third out of the inning.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, Morgan doubled to begin the top of the eighth. Jackson grounded out to second baseman Buchek and a two-run homer by Wynn ensued. Staub lined out to right fielder Swoboda and a home run by Mathews reduced the Mets' lead to 7-4. Fisher got Miller on a line drive to Jones that ended the inning and Grote singled with one out in the bottom half. Jerry moved to second base on Fisher's sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets' eighth run on a double by Harrelson. Latman then struck out Jones to end the inning.

Brandt flied out to Swoboda to lead off the top of the ninth. Dave Adlesh was retired on a ground ball back to the mound. Fisher then got pinch-hitter Ron Davis to fly out to left fielder Tommie Reynolds and end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a victory.