July 6, 1966: Mets Defeat Phillies with Seven Doubles

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Date: July 6, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 7
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Darrell Sutherland
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda, Cleon Jones
Key play: Mets’ seven doubles

The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Wednesday night. The teams played the fourth game of a five-game series at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. On the strength of seven doubles among their 12 hits, the Mets came away with a 7-5 win.

Cleon Jones led off the game with a two-base hit against Phils’ starter Jim Bunning. An ensuing double by Chuck Hiller scored Jones for the Mets’ first run. Hiller advanced to third base on Al Luplow’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Ed Kranepool. Bunning retired the next two batters and Dennis Ribant set down the Phillies in order in the bottom of the first. Ribant and Bunning then pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings.

Bunning retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. For Philadelphia, Dick Allen and Bill White led off the bottom half with back-to-back singles. Tony Gonzalez followed with a double that brought home Allen and White to tie the game. A double by Clay Dalrymple plated Gonzalez to put the Phils ahead, 3-2. Ribant completed the inning with no further scoring. Bunning pitched a perfect top of the fifth and Mets’ reliever Darrell Sutherland shut down the Phillies in the bottom of the inning.

After a scoreless sixth, Ron Hunt started the top of the seventh with a single off Phils’ reliever Darold Knowles. Roy McMillan doubled to move Hunt to third base. Knowles retired pinch-hitter Ken Boyer on a ground ball to third baseman Tony Taylor. A sacrifice fly by Jones scored Hunt with the tying run. Hiller drew a walk and Ron Swoboda (pinch-hitting for Luplow) hit a double to score McMillan and put the Mets in front. Kranepool followed with his second two-base hit of the game, bringing home Hiller and Swoboda for a 6-3 Mets lead. Knowles then got Larry Elliot on a fly ball to left fielder Allen to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Gerry Arrigo walked Allen to begin the bottom of the seventh. An ensuing pinch-hit single by Jackie Brandt moved Allen to third base. Pinch-hitter Harvey Kuenn singled off Jack Hamilton to score Allen. Taylor hit a single to load the bases and Dick Groat flied out to center fielder Jones. Brandt came home on Groat’s fly ball for the Phillies’ fifth run. Hamilton then fanned pinch-hitter Doug Clemens for the final out of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, Hunt got a one-out single off Philadelphia reliever Terry Fox. McMillan was retired on a foul ball to Taylor for the second out. Boyer followed with the Mets’ seventh double of the game to score Hunt from first base. Fox then issued an intentional walk to Jones and struck out Hamilton to end the inning.

Johnny Callison singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Allen followed with a single to put the tying runs on base. White grounded out to first baseman Kranepool and an ensuing walk to Brandt loaded the bases for the Phillies. Hamilton answered the challenge by getting Bob Uecker on a called third strike for the final out of the inning. Fox then retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.

Taylor drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Groat hit a ground ball to second baseman Hunt for a force out on Taylor. Hamilton got pinch-hitter Phil Linz to hit a grounder to McMillan for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with a hitting attack that featured seven doubles.