July 23, 1967: Hendley Four-Hits Dodgers
|Date: July 23, 1967|
|Mets starter: Bob Hendley|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Hendley|
|Key player(s): Bob Hendley, Tommy Davis|
|Key play: Davis’s home run, Dodgers’ errors in 5th|
Hendley and the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Al Ferrara homered with one out for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Hendley retired Wes Parker on a ground ball to second baseman Jerry Buchek and struck out Bob Bailey to end the inning. Drysdale held the Mets to a single by Ron Swoboda in the bottom half. Hendley and Drysdale each hurled a perfect third inning. The Dodgers were then shut down by Hendley in the top of the fourth.
Tommy Davis led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a game-tying home run. With one out, Ed Charles singled and went to second on Drysdale’s errant pickoff throw. Buchek struck out and Swoboda hit an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Dick Schofield. Parker and Bailey drew consecutive walks with one out in the top of the fifth. Jeff Torborg lined out to left fielder Davis. Hendley then fanned Drysdale for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jerry Grote reached on an error by second baseman Jim Lefebvre. Grote advanced to second base on Hendley’s sacrifice bunt. Bud Harrelson singled and Larry Stahl grounded out to Lefebvre to drive home Grote and put the Mets ahead. Schofield mishandled Davis’s grounder to allow Harrelson to score from second and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Ed Kranepool grounded out to Lefebvre to end the inning. Hendley then set down all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the sixth.
Charles doubled and moved to third on Drysdale’s balk to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Buchek struck out and Swoboda hit a sacrifice fly to score Charles. Grote hit a fly ball to center fielder Willie Davis for the final out of the inning. Hendley limited the Dodgers to a one-out double by Ferrara in the top of the seventh. Drysdale retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Hendley pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Los Angeles reliever Bob Miller then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Willie Davis and Lou Johnson got back-to-back singles to start the top of the ninth. Lefebvre flied out to center fielder Stahl. Hendley threw a called third strike past Ferrara and retired Parker on a game-ending line drive to right fielder Swoboda. The Mets had a victory on Bob’s complete game for his fifth win of the season.