June 25, 1966: Ed and Ed Lead Mets Past Cubs

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Date: June 25, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 9
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Ed Bressoud, Ron Hunt
Key play: Kranepool's and Bressoud's home runs, Hunt's double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. Ed Kranepool and Ed Bressoud combined for six RBIs in a 9-3 Mets win.

Cubs' starter Bill Hands pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Adolfo Phillips got an infield single to begin the bottom half. Phillips stole second base and moved to third on Glenn Beckert's ground out to second baseman Ron Hunt. Billy Williams grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to drive home Phillips for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Ron Santo was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by John Boccabella. With Ernie Banks at bat and a double steal being attempted, Santo was caught at home on Hunt's throw to catcher Jerry Grote for the third out.

Cleon Jones singled against Hands to open the top of the second. Johnny Lewis went down on strikes and Kranepool slugged a two-run homer. Bressoud and Grote got consecutive singles and Shaw drew a walk to load the bases. Hunt followed with a double against Cubs' reliever Cal Koonce that scored Bressoud and Grote for a 4-1 Mets lead. Koonce got Al Luplow to foul out to third baseman Santo and retired Ken Boyer on a line drive to center fielder Phillips to end the inning. Shaw then yielded only a single to Joey Amalfitano in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the third, Jones singled and went to second base via an error by Santo. Cleon moved to third and came home on Lewis's and Kranepool's ground outs to Beckert. Bressoud was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to Phillips, who hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Beckert lined out to left fielder Lewis and a wild pitch sent Phillips to third. Williams grounded out to Hunt to plate Phillips and cut the Mets' lead to 5-2. Santo singled and Shaw got Boccabella to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Boyer that ended off the inning.

Koonce gave up only a single to Grote in the top of the fourth. Banks doubled to open the bottom half. Hundley hit a single to drive home Banks, reducing the Mets' lead to 5-3. Grote's passed ball moved Hundley to second base and Amalfitano was struck out. Pinch-hitter George Altman was retired on a fly ball to Lewis. Shaw then got Phillips to fly out to center fielder Jones and finish off the inning.

Jones got a one-out double against Chicago reliever Ferguson Jenkins in the top of the fifth. Lewis doubled to score Jones for a 6-3 Mets lead. Kranepool was walked intentionally and Bressoud connected for a three-run homer. Grote went down on strikes and Shaw singled. Jenkins retired Hunt on an inning-ending pop-up to Beckert, who led off the bottom half with a double. Williams flied out to Jones and a called third strike was thrown past Santo. Shaw then got Boccabella to ground out to Boyer and end the inning.

Jenkins surrendered only a walk to Boyer in the top of the sixth. Shaw yielded just a double to Hundley in the bottom half and Cubs' reliever Bob Hendley struck out the side in a scoreless top of the seventh. Phillips drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Beckert singled and Williams hit a force play grounder to shortstop Bressoud. Santo grounded to Boyer for an inning-ending double play and Hendley shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Shaw then recorded three strikeouts in a scoreless bottom half.

Hendley pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Marty Keough grounded out to Kranepool to begin the bottom of the inning. Phillips got an infield single and Beckert flied out to right fielder Luplow. Shaw then retired Williams on a ground ball to Boyer for the game's final out. The Mets had a solid victory.