June 21, 1967: Fisher Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: June 21, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Tommie Reynolds, Jerry Buchek
Key play: Reynolds’ sacrifice fly, Buchek’s RBI groundout

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-nine-minute game at Connie Mack Stadium. Jack Fisher pitched a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over the Phils.

Cleon Jones hit a one-out single against Phillies’ starter Jim Bunning in the top of the first inning. Jones stole second base and Ed Kranepool was hit by a pitch. Tommy Davis also got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tommie Reynolds followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Jones and sent Kranepool to third. Davis stole second and Ken Boyer drew a walk to load the bases once again. Bunning got Jerry Buchek to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Dick Allen for the third out. Fisher then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Hawk Taylor singled to open the top of the second. Fisher went down on strikes and Taylor advanced to second base on catcher Gene Oliver’s wild return throw to the mound with Bud Harrelson at bat. Harrelson hit a single to move Taylor to third. Jones hit a grounder on which Allen threw to Oliver for an out at home on Taylor. Bunning retired Kranepool on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Johnny Callison. Fisher then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Davis was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the third. Reynolds was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Bill White. Kranepool reached on Allen’s error that advanced Davis to third base. Buchek grounded out to Allen to drive home Davis with the Mets’ second run of the game. Taylor was walked intentionally and Bunning fanned Fisher to close out the inning. Jack then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Bunning retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Fisher pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Bunning yielded just a single to Boyer in the top of the fifth. Jack set down all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half and Bunning set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Gary Sutherland doubled for the Phillies’ first hit of the game. Bunning was struck out and Tony Gonzalez drew a walk. Allen hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson and a walk to Callison loaded the bases. Fisher then got White to ground out to first baseman Kranepool and finish off the inning.

Bunning gave up just a single to Davis in the top of the seventh. Fisher hurled a scoreless bottom half and Bunning retired all three Mets in the top of the eighth. Sutherland singled for the Phils’ second hit to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Doug Clemens was called out on strikes and Gonzalez hit a force play grounder to second baseman Buchek. Fisher retired Allen on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Jones. Philadelphia reliever Turk Farrell then yielded just a single to Harrelson in the top of the ninth.

Callison flied out to Jones to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. White went down on strikes. Fisher then got Don Lock to pop out to Buchek and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jack’s two-hitter.