July 2, 1967: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 9th
|Date: July 2, 1967|
|Mets starter: Bob Hendley|
|Winning pitcher: Hal Reniff|
|Key player(s): Ken Boyer, Bud Harrelson|
|Key play: Boyer's home run in 8th, Briles' wild pitch|
The Mets and Cardinals played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. In the first game, the Mets used seven pitchers while trailing most of the way. Still, they came up with a 5-4 win on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Cards scored a run in the top of the second. Mets' starter Bob Hendley walked Phil Gagliano and struck out the next two batters. Gagliano moved to second base on Dick Hughes' single and came home when Lou Brock followed with another single. After Hughes shut down the Mets in the bottom half, Mike Shannon hit a two-run homer off Hendley in the third to extend the St. Louis lead to 3-0.
Mets' reliever Ron Taylor retired the Cardinals in order in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom half, Ed Kranepool homered off Hughes for the Mets' first run of the game. Ron Swoboda drew a walk and came around to score on a two-out double by Ken Boyer. Hughes then got John Sullivan on a foul pop-up to end the inning.
Orlando Cepeda doubled and moved to third on an error to begin the top of the fifth. Shannon followed with a fly ball to right fielder Swoboda that brought home Cepeda. Taylor finished the inning with no further scoring. Dick Selma then pitched a perfect top of the sixth and got Shannon on a double play grounder to end the seventh.
Hughes retired the first two Mets batters in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bud Harrelson and Larry Stahl followed with singles to put runners on first and third for the Mets. Tommy Davis delivered another single to score Harrelson and make it a 4-3 game. Hughes was then relieved by Joe Hoerner, who retired Bob Johnson on a pop-up for the third out.
In the eighth, Dennis Bennett walked Gagliano and John Romano to start the inning. Jack Fisher came in to relieve and got pinch-hitter Roger Maris to ground into a double play. Fisher retired Hoerner on a comeback grounder to keep the Cards from scoring. Boyer then homered with two out in the bottom half to tie the game, 4-4.
Don Shaw began the top of the ninth inning by retiring the first two St. Louis hitters. Curt Flood followed with a double and Cepeda was intentionally walked. Reliever Hal Reniff threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Reniff then closed out the inning by getting Shannon on a called third strike.
Harrelson singled off Hoerner with one out in the bottom of the ninth. St. Louis reliever Nelson Briles came into the game to face pinch-hitter Tommie Reynolds. Harrelson stole second base and went to third on catcher Romano's throwing error. On the fourth ball to Reynolds, Briles' pitch got away from Romano, allowing Harrelson to come home with the winning run. The Mets had a victory on a wild pitch to start the twinbill.