July 4, 1966: Mets Complete Holiday Sweep of Phils
|Date: July 4, 1966|
|Mets starter: Jack Fisher|
|Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher|
|Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Al Luplow, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones’ double in 1st, Luplow’s home run in 2nd|
The Mets and Phillies played a doubleheader on Independence Day in Philadelphia. After winning the opener, the Mets looked for a sweep of the holiday twinbill. Jack Fisher pitched a complete game as the Mets rolled to an 8-1 win over the Phils.
In the top of the first inning, Al Luplow hit a one-out double against Phillies’ starter Ray Culp. Ed Kranepool went down on strikes and Cleon Jones doubled to drive home Luplow for the first run of the game. An ensuing single by Ken Boyer scored Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Culp struck out John Stephenson to end the inning. Fisher then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Culp fanned Ron Swoboda and Ed Bressoud to begin the top of the second. Fisher singled to left field and Chuck Hiller was hit by a pitch. Luplow followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Kranepool hit a single and Culp was replaced on the mound by Roger Craig. Jones greeted Craig with a single to center field. Roger got Boyer to pop out to second baseman Cookie Rojas to end the inning. Fisher then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Fisher and Craig each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Boyer got a one-out single and stole second base. Stephenson was struck out and Swoboda singled to score Boyer with the Mets’ sixth run. Swoboda stole second and Bressoud was given an intentional walk. Craig retired Fisher on an inning-ending ground ball to Rojas. Jack then set down all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.
Hiller got a leadoff double in the top of the sixth inning. Luplow singled to score Hiller and a walk to Kranepool ensued. Jones flied out to center fielder Tony Gonzalez and an error by first baseman Bill White allowed Boyer to reach and load the bases. Stephenson hit a single that plated Luplow and increased the Mets’ lead to eight runs. Craig got Swoboda on a double play grounder to third baseman Tony Taylor for the inning’s final outs. The Phillies had runners at second and third base with two outs in the bottom half. Fisher then retired Gonzalez on a ground ball to first baseman Kranepool to close out the inning.
Fisher and Craig each hurled a scoreless seventh. Philadelphia reliever Ray Herbert shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Rojas and Johnny Callison opened the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles. Dick Allen was called out on strikes and White singled to drive home Rojas. Gonzalez hit a grounder to second baseman Hiller for a double play that ended the inning. Herbert then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Clay Dalrymple lined out to right fielder Luplow to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Taylor was retired on a fly ball to Luplow. Fisher then got Dick Groat to pop out to shortstop Roy McMillan and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the Fourth of July doubleheader in the nation’s birthplace.