June 24, 1967: Three Runs in 8th Give Mets DH Sweep

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Date: June 24, 1967
Mets starter: Bob Hendley
Mets: 5
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor
Key player(s): Tommie Reynolds, Tommy Davis, Bob Johnson
Key play: Reynolds’ steal of home, Davis’s home run, Johnson’s single

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Atlanta Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in the second game. Three runs in the eighth inning lifted the Mets to a 5-3 win.

Braves’ starter Denny Lemaster pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Felipe Alou singled against the Mets’ Bob Hendley to lead off the bottom half. Tito Francona followed with a home run for a 2-0 Atlanta lead. Hank Aaron hit a single and Rico Carty popped out to second baseman Jerry Buchek. Clete Boyer was retired on a ground ball to his brother, third baseman Ken Boyer. Hendley then got Denis Menke to ground out to Buchek and end the inning.

Tommy Davis hit a leadoff single in the top of the second. Ron Swoboda drew a walk and Buchek’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Tommie Reynolds fouled out to first baseman Carty and an intentional walk to Jerry Grote loaded the bases. Hendley drew a walk to force home Davis with the Mets’ first run of the game. Lemaster threw a called third strike past Bud Harrelson to close out the inning. Hendley then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Hendley and Lemaster each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Reynolds drew a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. Grote followed with a single on which Reynolds moved to third base. With Hendley at bat, Grote went to second and Reynolds scored the tying run on a double steal. Hendley went down on strikes for the third out and retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the inning. Lemaster then set down all three Mets batters in the top of the seventh.

Woody Woodward got a bunt single to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Bob Uecker followed with a single to right field. With Lemaster at the plate, catcher Grote made a pickoff throw to Buchek for an out on Woodward. Uecker advanced to second base on Lemaster’s sacrifice bunt and Alou was given an intentional walk. Francona reached on an error by first baseman Swoboda that allowed Uecker to come home and put the Braves ahead by a run. Ron Taylor then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Aaron on a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for the inning’s final out.

Leading off the top of the eighth, Davis homered to retie the game. Swoboda hit a double and Buchek grounded back to Lemaster. Reynolds was retired on a foul pop-up to Carty and an intentional walk to Grote ensued. Pinch-hitter Bob Johnson singled to score pinch-runner Dick Selma and give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Harrelson hit a single to bring home Grote with the fifth New York run. On the play, pinch-runner Larry Stahl was out via a throw by left fielder Francona to third baseman Clete Boyer to finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever Jack Lamabe then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Cleon Jones doubled against Atlanta reliever Claude Raymond to begin the top of the ninth. Ken Boyer grounded out to his brother, Clete, to advance Cleon Jones to third base. Davis grounded out to second baseman Woodward and an intentional walk to Ed Kranepool followed. Buchek grounded back to Raymond for the inning’s third out and pinch-hitter Charlie Lau flied out to left fielder Davis to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Gary Geiger grounded back to Lamabe and a single by pinch-hitter Mack Jones ensued. Lamabe then retired Alou on a grounder to Buchek that brought the game to and end. The Mets had a comeback victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The win for Taylor was his first one as a Met.
  • The save for Lamabe was his only one as a Met.