July 4, 1967: Mets Defeat Juan Marichal

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Date: July 4, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 8
Giants: 7
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Ed Charles, Tommy Davis
Key play: Hart’s error in first, Charles’ homer in 3rd, Davis’ double in 6th

The Mets and Giants got together for an afternoon game at Shea Stadium on the Fourth of July. Jack Fisher took the mound to face San Francisco’s Juan Marichal, who had beaten the Mets in all 19 of his decisions against them. The streak came to an end as the Mets came out with an 8-7 victory, beating Marichal for the first time ever.

The Giants scored in the top of the first inning on Jim Ray Hart’s single off Fisher to score Tom Haller. In the bottom half, Hart made a two-base error on a ball hit by Tommy Davis with two out. Ed Kranepool followed with a single to score Davis, Ron Swoboda also singled and Ed Charles added another single to score Kranepool and put the Mets ahead. Swoboda then scored on a bunt single by Jerry Buchek for a 3-1 Mets’ lead.

In the third, the Giants scored twice to tie the game. Charles then homered off Marichal in the bottom half to put the Mets back on top by a run. Marichal gave up three more hits over the next two innings, but the Mets didn’t add to their lead.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Davis hit a double to score Jerry Grote and Bud Harrelson to extend the lead to three runs. Kranepool was then walked intentionally and Swoboda singled to bring home Larry Stahl and Davis for two more runs. Marichal was replaced by Ron Herbel with the Mets ahead, 8-3.

In the top of the eighth, Jesus Alou got a leadoff single to end Fisher’s string of 14 consecutive batters retired. Jack struck out Willie Mays and Willie McCovey before pinch-hitter Norm Siebern singled with two out to bring home Alou and Haller. The Giants scored twice more in the inning as Fisher was removed. Ron Taylor got the last out with the tying run at third base.

Mets’ reliever Hal Reniff entered the game in the ninth with two San Francisco runners on base and none out. Reniff got Mays to hit into a double play and Hart to ground out to end the ballgame. For Hal, it was his first save as a Met after coming over from the Yankees a week earlier. More significantly, it was the first win for the Mets over Juan Marichal after five and one-half seasons.