June 1, 1965: Six Runs in 5th Stifle Cubs

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Date: June 1, 1965
Mets starter: Warren Spahn
Mets: 10
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Larry Bearnarth
Key player(s): Jim Hickman, Ed Kranepool, Joe Christopher, Larry Bearnarth
Key play: Hickman’s two homers, Kranepool’s and Christopher’s doubles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the fifth inning and came away with a 10-5 win.

Cubs’ starter Bob Buhl pitched a scoreless top of the first. Glenn Beckert singled against the Mets’ Warren Spahn with one out in the bottom half. Beckert advanced to third base on Billy Williams’ single and came home on a single by Ron Santo. Ernie Banks hit a single on which Santo was out via a throw by center fielder Jim Hickman to second baseman Chuck Hiller. Spahn then threw a called third strike past Doug Clemens for the third out.

Spahn and Buhl each hurled scoreless second and third innings. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Hickman hit a home run to tie the game. Hiller grounded back to Buhl for the inning’s third out and Chris Krug singled against Spahn to open the bottom half. Roberto Pena followed with a single on which Krug was out via shortstop Roy McMillan’s throw to third baseman Bobby Klaus. On the play, Pena advanced to second. Buhl grounded out to Spahn and a single by Jimmy Stewart brought home Pena. Beckert drew a walk and Williams singled to score Stewart for a 3-1 Chicago lead. Mets’ reliever Tom Parsons then retired Santo on a ground ball to Hiller to close out the inning.

McMillan got an infield single to begin the top of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda flied out to center fielder Stewart and a single by Klaus ensued. Johnny Lewis singled to score McMillan and a single by Joe Christopher plated Klaus to retie the game. Ed Kranepool hit a double to drive home Lewis and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Buhl was replaced on the mound by Cubs’ reliever Lindy McDaniel, who retired Jesse Gonder on a ground ball to third baseman Santo. Hickman followed with a three-run homer to extend the New York lead to 7-3. Hiller singled and McDaniel got McMillan on an inning-ending grounder to Santo. Mets’ reliever Larry Bearnarth then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Bearnarth and the Cubs’ Bob Humphreys each pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Hiller tripled against Humphreys to open the top of the eighth. McMillan hit a single to score Hiller and moved to third base on a double by Bearnarth. Klaus grounded out to Santo and an intentional walk to Lewis loaded the bases. Christopher hit a double to bring home McMillan and Bearnarth, increasing the Mets’ lead to 10-3. With Kranepool at bat against Chicago reliever Jack Warner, Christopher got caught by catcher Krug’s throw and was tagged out by Santo. Kranepool drew a walk and Warner struck out Gonder to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Vic Roznovsky hit a triple and came home on a single by Stewart. Bearnarth then got Beckert to hit a grounder to McMillan for an inning-ending double play.

Cubs’ reliever Ted Abernathy pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Williams grounded out to second baseman Klaus (who had shifted from third) to lead off the bottom half. Santo homered for the fifth Chicago run of the game. Banks popped out to Klaus and a walk to Clemens ensued. Bearnarth then struck out pinch-hitter George Altman to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.