July 31, 1965: Stephenson's Double in 11th Beats Phils

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Date: July 31, 1965
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Gary Kroll
Key player(s): Charley Smith, John Stephenson
Key play: Smith’s home run, Stephenson’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. John Stephenson hit a run-scoring double in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win.

Roy McMillan drew a walk against Phils’ starter Chris Short with one out in the top of the first. Jim Hickman followed with a single to advance McMillan to third base. Charley Smith slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-0. Ron Swoboda flied out to center fielder Tony Gonzalez and a strikeout of Johnny Lewis ended the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Johnny Callison doubled against the Mets’ Jack Fisher. Wes Covington drew a walk and moved to third on Gonzalez’s double that drove home Callison. With Dick Stuart at bat, Covington was caught by catcher Chris Cannizzaro’s pickoff throw to third baseman Smith for the inning’s final out.

Short pitched a perfect top of the second. To begin the bottom half, Stuart homered to reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Clay Dalrymple fouled out to Smith and a fly ball by Bobby Wine was caught by center fielder Lewis. Short grounded out to shortstop McMillan to finish off the inning and yielded only a single to Hickman in the top of the third. Dick Allen got a one-out single in the bottom half. Callison lined out to Lewis and a single by Covington sent Allen to third base. Fisher then got Gonzalez on a force play ground ball to second baseman Bobby Klaus to close out the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Lewis singled and advanced to third base on a single by Klaus. Cannizzaro got a single on which the ball hit Klaus for an out. Fisher grounded out to Short to end the inning and Stuart doubled to open the bottom half. Dalrymple hit a single to score Stuart and tie the game at 3-3. Wine followed with a grounder to Smith for a double play. Fisher then retired Short on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out of the inning.

Fisher and Short each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the ninth. Phillies’ reliever Jack Baldschun gave up just a single to pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool in the top of the 10th. The Mets’ Gary Kroll hurled a perfect bottom half and Lewis drew a two-out walk against Baldschun in the top of the 11th. Klaus followed with a single to left field. Pinch-hitter Stephenson doubled to bring home Lewis for a one-run New York lead. Billy Cowan was given an intentional walk. Philadelphia’s Ed Roebuck then retired Kroll on a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Amaro to end the inning.

Gonzalez hit a double against Kroll to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Amaro was hit by a pitch and Mets’ reliever Gordon Richardson got Dalrymple to pop out to Smith. John Herrnstein was retired on a pop-up to McMillan and a walk to pinch-hitter Pat Corrales loaded the bases. Richardson then got Cookie Rojas to hit a force play grounder to Smith for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.