July 7, 1968: Mets Beat Phillies for DH Split

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Date: July 7, 1968
Mets starter: Danny Frisella
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Phil Linz, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Linz’s single in 2nd, Kranepool’s double in 8th

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. A pair of runs in the eighth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Phils.

Phil Linz and Art Shamsky began the top of the first inning with back-to-back singles off Philadelphia starter Larry Jackson. Cleon Jones followed with a ground ball to second baseman Cookie Rojas for a double play. Jackson retired J. C. Martin on a grounder to shortstop Roberto Pena to end the inning. Tony Gonzalez hit a two-out triple to right field in the bottom half. With Dick Allen at bat, Mets’ starter Danny Frisella threw a wild pitch that allowed Gonzalez to score. Frisella then fanned Allen for the third out of the inning.

Ron Swoboda drew a walk to open the top of the second. Ed Kranepool got an infield single and Kevin Collins singled to load the bases. Jackson threw a called third strike past Bud Harrelson and struck out Frisella. An ensuing single by Linz brought home Swoboda and Kranepool for a 2-1 Mets lead. Shamsky fouled out to third baseman Tony Taylor to end the inning. Frisella then set down the Phillies in order on three ground balls in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless third inning, Jackson shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Pena led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right field. Gonzalez singled to send Pena to third base and Allen popped out to second baseman Linz. Frisella retired Johnny Callison on a shallow fly ball to right fielder Swoboda. Taylor singled to score Pena and tie the game. Frisella then got Johnny Briggs on an inning-ending grounder to Linz.

Jackson and Frisella each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Martin hit a leadoff double in the top of the eighth. Jackson struck out Swoboda and a double by Kranepool drove home Martin to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Collins was given an intentional walk and Harrelson reached on an error by Pena that allowed Kranepool to score. Philadelphia reliever Chris Short got Frisella on a double play ground ball to Rojas for the final outs of the inning. Danny then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Short hurled a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Mets’ reliever Jerry Koosman hit Gonzalez with a pitch to open the bottom half. Tom Seaver took over on the mound for New York and threw a called third strike past Allen. Callison flied out to center fielder Tommie Agee. Seaver then retired Taylor on a fly ball to left fielder Jones to end the game. The Mets had a victory for a split of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The save for Seaver was the only one of his major league career.