July 3, 1967: Kranepool's Homer Lifts Mets Over Giants

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Date: July 3, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Ken Boyer
Key play: Boyer’s and Kranepool’s home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 37,125 fans on hand. Ed Kranepool hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 5-3 Mets win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Giants’ Bob Bolin hurled a scoreless bottom half and Willie McCovey hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the second. Ollie Brown followed with a single to left field. Hal Lanier singled and Tito Fuentes hit a single to drive home Brown with the second San Francisco run. On the play, Lanier got caught between bases and was tagged out by shortstop Bud Harrelson. Seaver struck out Bolin to end the inning and Ken Boyer slugged homer with two outs in the bottom half, cutting the Giants’ lead to 2-1. Bolin then fanned Jerry Buchek for the inning’s third out.

To open the top of the third, Jim Davenport singled and advanced to third base on a single by Tom Haller. Willie Mays followed with a sacrifice fly to score Davenport for a 3-1 San Francisco lead. Jim Ray Hart grounded to Harrelson for an inning-ending double play and Bolin set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. McCovey drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Brown was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Tommy Davis. Lanier hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Boyer and moved to third on a single by Fuentes. On his own hit, Fuentes went to second via a throw. Seaver then struck out Bolin to finish off the inning.

Larry Stahl hit a double against Bolin to begin the bottom of the fourth. Stahl advanced to third base on Davis’s single to center field. Kranepool followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Ron Swoboda singled and San Francisco reliever Ron Herbel retired Boyer on a grounder to third baseman Davenport. Buchek hit a ground ball on which Herbel threw to Davenport for an out on Swoboda. Jerry Grote then grounded to second baseman Fuentes for a force play that ended the inning.

Seaver and Herbel each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Tom retired the side in order in the top of the seventh and Giants’ reliever Joe Gibbon yielded only a double to Grote in the bottom half. Seaver hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Harrelson drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Cleon Jones grounded back to Gibbon and an intentional walk to Davis ensued. Kranepool hit a single to load the bases. With San Francisco’s Frank Linzy on the mound facing Swoboda, a passed ball by catcher Haller allowed Harrelson to come home with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Swoboda went down on strikes and Linzy got Boyer on a ground ball to Fuentes for the final out of the inning.

McCovey grounded out to second baseman Buchek to lead off the top of the ninth. Brown was retired on a grounder to Harrelson. Seaver then got pinch-hitter Bob Schroder to pop out to first baseman Kranepool and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory over the Giants.