June 22, 1966: Jones' Two-Run Single in 10th

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Date: June 22, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Al Jackson, Cleon Jones
Key play: Jones’ single in 10th

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The team concluded its first series ever at Busch Memorial Stadium with an extra-inning game. Cleon Jones hit a two-run single in the 10th to give the Mets a 2-0 victory.

Through the first nine innings, Jack Fisher and the Cards’ Al Jackson each pitched shutout ball. Fisher yielded only five singles to the St. Louis batters. Meanwhile, the Mets were shut down by their former teammate Jackson on five singles and a double. The pitchers had issued only one walk apiece and recorded a combined total of three double plays.

Jackson retired Billy Murphy on a ground ball to shortstop Dal Maxvill to open the top of the 10th inning. Jerry Grote followed with a double and Ron Hunt was walked intentionally. Pinch-hitter Chuck Hiller flied out to right fielder Mike Shannon with Grote moving to third base after the catch. Hunt stole second and Jones came to bat. Cleon singled to left field to score Grote and Hunt for a two-run Mets lead. Jackson then got Ed Bressoud on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

Tim McCarver singled off Mets’ reliever Jack Hamilton to begin the bottom of the 10th. Shannon drew a walk and Jerry Buchek hit into a force play on which McCarver advanced to third. Hamilton fanned pinch-hitter Bob Skinner for the second out of the inning. On pinch-hitter Bobby Tolan’s ensuing grounder to first baseman Ed Kranepool, Jack took the throw at the base to end the game. The Mets had a win in extra-innings to conclude their first series at the new ballpark in St. Louis.