June 28, 1965: Mets Beat Braves in DH Opener

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Date: June 28, 1965
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 5
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Roy McMillan, Ed Kranepool, Chuck Hiller, Jack Fisher
Key play: McMillan’s triple, Kranepool’s sacrifice fly

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a doubleheader on a Monday evening at Shea Stadium. In the opener, Jack Fisher pitched a complete game for his sixth win of the season. The Mets came away with a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee.

Fisher and Braves’ starter Tony Cloninger each pitched scoreless first and second innings. In the top of the third, Fisher retired all three Milwaukee batters. Chuck Hiller hit a one-out double and moved to third base on a wild pitch in the bottom half. Roy McMillan singled to drive home Hiller, but was then caught in a rundown and tagged out. Ed Kranepool drew a walk and advanced to third on Cloninger’s errant pickoff throw. Cloninger then struck out Ron Swoboda to end the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Cloninger tripled with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. An ensuing triple by Mack Jones scored Cloninger to tie the game. Frank Bolling singled to bring home Jones and put the Braves ahead, 2-1. Fisher got Hank Aaron on a pop-up to second baseman Hiller for the third out. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Hiller singled and went to second on Cloninger’s second wild pitch. McMillan tripled to score Hiller with the tying run. Kranepool followed with a sacrifice fly to plate McMillan for a 3-2 Mets lead. Cloninger then fanned Swoboda for the final out of the inning.

Fisher allowed only a double to Rico Carty in a scoreless top of the sixth. Johnny Lewis singled and stole second base to begin the bottom half. Cloninger fanned Charley Smith and Danny Napoleon to bring his strikeout total for the game to eleven. Chris Cannizzaro reached second base on an error by right fielder Aaron that allowed Lewis to score. Fisher singled and Milwaukee reliever Billy O’Dell threw a wild pitch that brought home Cannizzaro from third. O’Dell then got Hiller on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Bolling.

Fisher and the Braves’ Dan Osinski each hurled two-hit scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth innings. Jack retired Mike de la Hoz on a fly ball to center fielder Billy Cowan to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Lou Klimchock flied out to right fielder Lewis. Fisher then got Jones to ground out to first baseman Kranepool and end the game. The Mets had a win to begin the twinbill.