July 20, 1966: Late Homers Beat Giants

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Date: July 20, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Al Luplow, Roy McMillan, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Swoboda's home run in 10th

The Mets began a road trip with a game in San Francisco. Jack Fisher held the Giants to two runs and five hits in ten innings pitched. The Mets came away with a 3-2 win.

As usual, the Mets had trouble with San Francisco starter Juan Marichal. The "Dominican Dandy" retired the first 12 batters and faced the minimum 15 over the first five innings. Through six, Marichal had recorded 9 strikeouts while keeping the Mets shut out on two hits.

Thankfully for the Mets, they got solid pitching of their own. Fisher allowed only three hits through six innings, during which he retired 10 straight batters. However, the Giants got a run against Jack on a triple by Cap Peterson that scored Willie McCovey in the bottom of the second.

In the later innings, the Mets came up with some clutch hitting against Marichal. Al Luplow led off the seventh with a game-tying home run and Roy McMillan homered in the eighth to put the Mets on top, 2-1. Fisher struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, but the Giants tied the game when Willie Mays scored on Jim Ray Hart's single in the ninth.

Ron Swoboda led off the top of the tenth against Giants' reliever Bill Henry. Ron connected for a home run to reclaim the lead for the Mets. Fisher then retired San Francisco in the bottom half, ending the game with a double play grounder by Bob Schroder. The Mets' western trip got started off with a victory that featured some late lightning.