June 17, 1966: Fisher and Bressoud Give Mets DH Sweep

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Date: June 17, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Bressoud
Key play: Bressoud’s two-run single

The Mets and Reds faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening in Cincinnati. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Jack Fisher pitched a complete game and Ed Bressoud delivered a two-run single that gave the Mets a 2-1 win.

Fisher and the Reds’ Hank Fischer each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth and Vada Pinson singled to begin the bottom half. Pinson stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher John Stephenson. Gordy Coleman popped out to shortstop Bressoud and a ground out by Art Shamsky to first baseman Ed Kranepool scored Pinson for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Fisher then struck out Deron Johnson to end the inning.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Kranepool hit a single to lead off the top of the seventh. Stephenson drew a walk and pinch-hitter Roy McMillan got a bunt single to load the bases. Bressoud singled to drive home Kranepool and Stephenson, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Fischer was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Bill McCool, who recorded strikeouts of the next three batters to finish off the inning. Fisher then set down the Reds in order in the bottom half.

McCool held the Mets to a single by Cleon Jones in the top of the eighth. Fisher retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Cincinnati’s Don Nottebart pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Pete Rose singled to open the bottom half. Pinson’s sacrifice bunt moved Rose to second base and Coleman drew a walk. Shamsky followed with a force play ground ball to Bressoud on which Rose advanced to third. Fisher then retired Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Billy Murphy to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.