June 18, 1967: Reynolds' Homer in 10th Beats Cubs

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Date: June 18, 1967
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 4
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Tommie Reynolds, Al Luplow
Key play: Luplow’s sacrifice fly, Reynolds’ home run

The Mets faced the Cubs in a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. In the opening game, the Mets came from behind to tie and send it into extra innings. Tommie Reynolds hit a home run in the 10th for a 4-3 Mets win over Chicago.

In the top of the first inning, Glenn Beckert hit a one-out single and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by Billy Williams. Mets’ starter Bob Shaw got Ron Santo on a ground ball to third baseman Ken Boyer for a double play. Chicago’s Bill Hands retired the Mets in order in the bottom half and the Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second. Shaw threw a called third strike past Hands and retired Paul Popovich on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Ron Swoboda. The Mets then failed to score in the bottom half.

Santo singled with two outs in the top of the third inning. Ernie Banks hit a home run for a 2-0 Chicago lead. Randy Hundley followed with a homer for the Cubs’ third run. Shaw struck out Ted Savage and singled to lead off the bottom half. Bud Harrelson hit into a force play and Chuck Hiller popped out to second baseman Beckert. Hands then retired Ed Kranepool on a fly ball to center fielder Adolfo Phillips to end the inning.

Shaw and Hands each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Mets’ reliever Jack Lamabe pitched a perfect top of the sixth. In the bottom half, Harrelson led off with a single and Bob Johnson hit into a force play. Kranepool singled to send Johnson to third. A force play grounder by Tommy Davis scored Harrelson. Swoboda hit into a force play for the third out. Lamabe then held Chicago to a single by Williams in a scoreless top of the seventh.

Jerry Grote got a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hands issued a walk to pinch-hitter Ed Charles. Harrelson doubled off Cubs’ reliever Chuck Hartenstein to bring home Grote and move Charles to third. Hartenstein struck out Johnson to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Don Shaw then retired all three Chicago batters in the top of the eighth.

Davis hit a double off the Cubs’ Dick Radatz with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Reynolds singled to advance Davis to third and a walk to Boyer loaded the bases. Al Luplow hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Davis and tie the game at 3-3. Radatz threw a wild pitch and followed up with an intentional walk to pinch-hitter John Sullivan. Pinch-hitter Jerry Buchek then struck out to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jack Fisher set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. For Chicago, Cal Koonce pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. Beckert singled to open the top of the 10th. Williams popped out to catcher Sullivan and a ground out by Santo moved Beckert to second. Banks was given an intentional walk. Fisher then got Hundley on a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the inning.

Reynolds came to bat against Koonce to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Tommie hit a home run that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a thrilling victory to start the twinbill.