June 30, 1965: Kroll's Relief Stifles Reds

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Date: June 30, 1965
Mets starter: Tom Parsons
Mets: 6
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Gary Kroll
Key player(s): Gary Kroll, Ed Kranepool, Roy McMillan, Chuck Hiller
Key play: Hiller’s and McMillan’s RBI singles, Kranepool’s homer and double

The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Gary Kroll pitched five innings of scoreless relief in a 6-3 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Tom Parsons gave up just a single to Vada Pinson in the top of the first. Chuck Hiller doubled against the Reds’ John Tsitouris to lead off the bottom half. Hiller advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Roy McMillan. Ed Kranepool went down on strikes and Johnny Lewis grounded out to third baseman Deron Johnson. Tsitouris then fanned Charley Smith for the third out.

Parsons pitched a perfect top of the second. Tsitouris shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Parsons struck out the side in order in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Kranepool hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Lewis drew a walk and was caught by Tsitouris’s pickoff throw to second baseman Pete Rose for an out. Tsitouris struck out Smith to end the inning and Frank Robinson drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth. Art Shamsky singled and Johnson homered to put the Reds ahead, 3-2. Parsons then retired Johnny Edwards on a ground ball to second baseman Hiller to close out the inning.

Billy Cowan doubled against Tsitouris with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Cannizzaro drew a walk and pinch-hitter Jesse Gonder flied out to center fielder Pinson. Hiller and McMillan got back-to-back singles to drive home Cowan and Cannizzaro, respectively, and regain a one-run lead for the Mets. Kranepool followed with a double against Cincinnati reliever Gerry Arrigo to score Hiller for a 5-3 New York lead. Arrigo then struck out Lewis to finish off the inning.

Out of the bullpen, Kroll held the Reds to a single by Tommy Harper in the top of the fifth. Arrigo hurled a scoreless bottom half and Pinson doubled to open the top of the sixth. Robinson drew a walk and moved to second base as Pinson was caught stealing on catcher Cannizzaro’s throw to third baseman Bobby Klaus. Shamsky fouled out to Klaus and a walk to Johnson ensued. Kroll fanned Edwards to close out the inning and Hiller singled against Arrigo to begin the bottom half. Chuck went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by McMillan. Kranepool hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hiller with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Lewis singled and Reds’ reliever Roger Craig got Klaus to ground out to shortstop Leo Cardenas. Craig then retired Jim Hickman on a grounder to Johnson for the inning’s final out.

Kroll set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Cincinnati reliever Jim Duffalo pitched a scoreless bottom half and Gary retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Duffalo shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Shamsky flied out to right fielder Lewis to lead off the top of the ninth. Johnson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Cowan. Kroll then got Edwards to fly out to Cowan and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Gary’s solid relief.