June 3, 1966: Fisher 3-Hits Dodgers

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Date: June 3, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Cleon Jones, Ken Boyer, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool’s sacrifice fly, Jones’ RBI single, Boyer’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a four-game series in front of 49,414 fans on hand. Jack Fisher pitched a complete game three-hitter in a 6-2 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Maury Wills drew a walk to open the top of the first inning. With Wes Parker at bat, Wills was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Jerry Grote to shortstop Roy McMillan. Parker grounded out to second baseman Ron Hunt and a groundout by Willie Davis to first baseman Ed Kranepool ended the inning. Hunt got a one-out double against Dodgers’ starter Don Drysdale in the bottom half. Cleon Jones singled to advance Hunt to third base. Kranepool hit a sacrifice fly to score Hunt with the first run of the game. Jones moved to third on Ken Boyer’s single and came home on a single by Al Luplow. Drysdale then retired McMillan on a fly ball to center fielder Davis for the third out.

Lou Johnson led off the top of the second inning with a single to left field. Jim Lefebvre reached on a two-base error by center fielder Jones. Wes Covington’s ground out to third baseman Boyer drove home Johnson and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Fisher got John Roseboro on a grounder to Boyer and threw a called third strike past John Kennedy to end the inning. Drysdale then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Fisher set down the Dodgers in order in the third and fourth innings. Drysdale responded by hurling scoreless bottom halves. Jack pitched a perfect top of the fifth and Chuck Hiller singled to begin the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Hunt moved Hiller to second base. Jones followed with a single to score Hiller and took second on an error by first baseman Parker. Kranepool flied out to Davis and a home run by Boyer plated two more runs for a 5-1 Mets lead. Nick Willhite came in to replace Drysdale on the mound and yielded a single to Luplow. Willhite then retired McMillan on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Johnson.

Fisher set down all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the sixth. Dodgers’ reliever Bob Miller pitched a scoreless bottom half and Jack retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Kranepool got an infield single. Boyer singled to send Kranepool to third base and Luplow popped out to shortstop Wills. On a double steal, Boyer advanced to second and Kranepool scored the Mets’ sixth run. Miller then threw a called third strike past McMillan to end the inning.

Covington flied out to right fielder Jones (who had shifted from center) to lead off the top of the eighth. Fisher got Roseboro to ground out to Hunt. Kennedy singled to end Jack’s string of 20 consecutive batters retired. Pinch-hitter Tommy Davis hit a pop-up to Hunt for the third out. Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

Kranepool fielded Wills’ bunt and threw to Fisher covering first for the out to start the top of the ninth. Parker homered for the Dodgers’ third hit and second run of the game. Fisher then struck out Willie Davis and retired Johnson on a ground ball to Boyer to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jack’s three-hit gem to begin the weekend series.