July 21, 1966: Five-Run Innings Pummel Giants

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Date: July 21, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 14
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Dennis Ribant
Key player(s): Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones
Key play: Swoboda's double, Kranepool's, Grote's and Jones' homers

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Candlestick Park. Consecutive five-run innings propelled the Mets to a 14-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Ron Swoboda tripled to lead off the top of the second. An ensuing single by Larry Elliot scored Swoboda with the first run of the game. Giants' starter Ray Sadecki got Jerry Grote to hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Jim Ray Hart. Sadecki followed up by retiring Roy McMillan on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Don Landrum and the Mets' Dennis Ribant pitched a scoreless bottom half. Sadecki then set down the side in order in the top of the third.

Hal Lanier hit a single to open the bottom of the third inning. Sadecki homered to give the Giants a 2-1 lead and Ribant retired the next three San Francisco batters. With one out in the top of the fourth, Cleon Jones hit a home run to tie the game. Swoboda and Elliot drew back-to-back walks and Grote popped out to shortstop Bob Schroder. McMillan reached on an error by Schroder that allowed Swoboda to score and Elliot to move to third base. A three-run homer by Ed Kranepool extended the Mets' lead to 6-2. Sadecki was replaced on the mound by Giants' reliever Ron Herbel, who threw a called third strike past Ribant to end the inning. Dennis then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Ron Hunt singled to begin the top of the fifth. Ed Bressoud followed with a single and advanced to second base on an error by Landrum. Jones grounded out to first baseman Willie McCovey and a double by Swoboda brought home Hunt and Bressoud. Elliot was given an intentional walk and Grote slugged a three-run homer for the Mets' second straight five-run inning and an 11-2 lead. Herbel got McMillan to fly out to right fielder Bob Burda and retired Kranepool on a grounder to second baseman Lanier for the inning's third out. Ribant then set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Ribant doubled against San Francisco reliever Bob Priddy to lead off the top of the sixth inning. Hunt drew a walk and went to third base on Bressoud's double that drove home Ribant. Jones grounded out to Lanier to plate Hunt and increase the Mets' lead to 13-2. Priddy got Swoboda and Elliot on called third strikes to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, McCovey and Cap Peterson got back-to-back singles. Ribant then got Tito Fuentes on a ground ball to second baseman Hunt for the inning's final out.

Priddy and Ribant each pitched a scoreless seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, Bressoud drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Jones went down on strikes and Swoboda singled to score Bressoud with the Mets' fourteenth run of the game. Priddy retired Billy Murphy on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Fuentes and the Giants were held to a single by Landrum in a scoreless bottom half. San Francisco reliever Joe Gibbon then hurled a perfect top of the ninth.

Jesus Alou grounded out to shortstop McMillan to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Peterson and Fuentes followed with consecutive singles. Burda flied out to center fielder Murphy and a single by Lanier brought home Peterson with the Giants' third run. Ribant then retired Dick Dietz on a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory for a sweep of the two-game set.

Notes

  • This was Landrum's final game of his eight-season major league career.