July 4, 1966: Swoboda's 5 RBIs Lead Mets Past Phils

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Date: July 4, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 9
Phillies: 6
Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw
Key player(s): Ron Swoboda, Ken Boyer, Jack Hamilton
Key play: Swoboda’s homer and triple, Boyer’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Phillies in a holiday doubleheader on a Monday evening. The teams played a three-hour and twenty-six minute opener of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. Ron Swoboda drove in five runs in a 9-6 Mets win over the Phils.

Ed Bressoud drew a walk with one out in the top of the first inning. Ken Boyer got an infield single and Swoboda followed with a three-run homer. Cleon Jones hit a double and Billy Murphy lined out to shortstop Dick Groat. Phillies’ starter Chris Short retired Jerry Grote on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Johnny Callison. For New York, Bob Shaw pitched a perfect bottom half.

Shaw got a one-out single against Short in the top of the second inning. Ron Hunt flied out to center fielder Tony Gonzalez and a double by Bressoud brought home Shaw. Philadelphia reliever Ed Roebuck fanned Boyer, but a passed ball by catcher Clay Dalrymple allowed Ken to reach base as Bressoud moved to third. Swoboda hit a triple to drive home Bressoud and Boyer. Ron came home on a wild pitch to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Jones followed with his second double of the game. Roebuck then retired Murphy on a fly ball to Gonzalez that ended the inning.

Bill White tripled to lead off the bottom of the second. Gonzalez reached on an error by second baseman Hunt to drive home White with the Phils’ first run. Dalrymple drew a walk and Tony Taylor hit a single to load the bases. Groat followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gonzalez and advance Dalrymple to third. Pinch-hitter Doug Clemens fouled out to third baseman Boyer and a single by Cookie Rojas plated Dalrymple to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Shaw then got Callison to fly out to right fielder Jones and end the inning.

Grote drew a walk against Phils’ reliever Rick Wise to open the top of the third. Roy McMillan hit a double and Shaw grounded out to Dalrymple. Hunt was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Bressoud fouled out to third baseman Taylor. Boyer singled to score Grote and McMillan for a 9-3 Mets lead. Wise struck out Swoboda to finish off the inning. Shaw then held the Phillies to a single by Gonzalez in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth, Wise set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Rojas hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Callison doubled to drive home Rojas and strikeouts of Dick Allen and White ensued. Gonzalez hit a single that scored Callison and cut the New York lead to 9-5. Dalrymple was retired on an inning-ending line drive to Hunt. Wise then hurled a perfect top of the sixth.

Groat doubled against Shaw with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Harvey Kuenn flied out to left fielder Swoboda and a single by Rojas moved Groat to third base. Mets’ reliever Gerry Arrigo retired Callison on a ground ball to Hunt for the inning’s final out. Philadelphia’s Ray Herbert then set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.

To begin the bottom of the seventh inning, Allen homered against Arrigo for the Phillies’ sixth run. White hit a triple and Mets’ reliever Jack Hamilton got pinch-hitter Jackie Brandt on a pop-up to Hunt. Dalrymple drew a walk and Taylor flied out to Jones. Hamilton fanned Groat to close out the inning and Herbert shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Callison drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Hamilton then retired Allen on a fly ball to Jones for the inning’s third out.

Philadelphia reliever Terry Fox pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. White lined out to right fielder Al Luplow to lead off the bottom half. Brandt lined out to Boyer and a single by Dalrymple followed. Hamilton then retired Taylor on a grounder to Hunt that ended the game. The Mets had a victory to start the Independence Day doubleheader.