June 28, 1965: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Braves

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Date: June 28, 1965
Mets starter: Galen Cisco
Mets: 6
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Gary Kroll
Key player(s): Chuck Hiller, Ed Kranepool, Gary Kroll
Key play: Kranepool’s home run, Hiller’s two-run single

After defeating the Braves in the first game of a doubleheader, the Mets were in search of a sweep of the Monday evening twinbill at Shea Stadium. The team aimed for its second win of the day with 38,033 fans on hand. A five-run fourth inning lifted the Mets to a 6-3 victory over Milwaukee.

Galen Cisco and the Braves’ Hank Fischer each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the fourth, Cisco retired all three Milwaukee batters. Ed Kranepool led off the bottom half with a home run. Ron Swoboda and Johnny Lewis followed with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt by Charley Smith advanced the runners to second and third base and Danny Napoleon was walked intentionally to load the bases. Fischer walked Chris Cannizzaro to force home Swoboda and a single by Cisco plated Lewis. Chuck Hiller singled to drive home Napoleon and Cannizzaro, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Braves’ reliever Dave Eilers then got Roy McMillan to fly out to center fielder Mack Jones and retired Kranepool on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Frank Bolling.

Rico Carty drew a walk and advanced to third on catcher Cannizzaro’s error to begin the top of the fifth inning. A single by Ty Cline scored Carty with the first Milwaukee run. Cisco struck out Mike de la Hoz and got pinch-hitter Lou Klimchock to hit into a force play. Jones hit a two-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Bolling followed with a double to center field. Mets’ reliever Gary Kroll struck out Hank Aaron to end the inning. The Mets were then set down in order by the Braves’ Dan Osinski in the bottom half.

Kroll and Osinski each pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Gary set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Billy Cowan hit a home run off Milwaukee reliever Phil Niekro to start the bottom half. Niekro retired the next three batters on infield grounders and Bolling singled to begin the top of the eighth. Aaron hit a ground ball to shortstop McMillan for a double play. Joe Torre hit a single and Eddie Mathews drew a walk. Carty flied out to left fielder Napoleon to end the inning. Niekro then held the Mets to a single by Hiller (Chuck’s fourth of the game) in a scoreless bottom half.

Cline singled to open the top of the ninth inning. Kroll retired de la Hoz on a fly ball to center fielder Cowan and struck out pinch-hitter Denis Menke. Jones hit a single to right field. Bolling then popped out to first baseman Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the twi-night doubleheader.