June 6, 1967: Mets Defeat Pirates in 10 Innings

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Date: June 6, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 1
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Don Shaw
Key player(s): Don Shaw, Ken Boyer
Key play: Boyer’s sacrifice fly in 10th

The Mets and Pirates played a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. In the opener of the twinbill at Forbes Field, the teams hooked up in a scoreless battle that went into extra innings. The Mets scored a run in the 10th and emerged with a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh.

Bud Harrelson (on his 23rd birthday) singled against Bucs’ starter Dennis Ribant to lead off the top of the first inning. Al Luplow hit a ground ball to first baseman Donn Clendenon for a double play and Johnny Lewis grounded out to shortstop Gene Alley to end the inning. Tom Seaver pitched a scoreless bottom half and consecutive singles by Tommy Davis and Ed Kranepool began the top of the second. Jerry Buchek’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Ken Boyer was walked intentionally to load the bases and John Sullivan fouled out to third baseman Maury Wills. Ribant threw a called third strike past Seaver close out the inning. Tom then set down the Pirates in order in the bottom half.

Ribant yielded only a double to Luplow in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Ribant singled to center field. Matty Alou followed with a single and Wills hit a grounder to third baseman Boyer for a force out on Ribant. Roberto Clemente drew a walk that loaded the bases and Seaver retired Willie Stargell on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Harrelson. Ribant hurled a scoreless top of the fourth and Seaver pitched a perfect bottom half. Harrelson hit a two-out triple in the top of the fifth. Ribant responded by retiring Luplow on a ground ball to Clendenon for the final out. Seaver then retired all three Pittsburgh batters on infield grounders in the bottom of the inning.

Ribant held the Mets to a single by Kranepool in a scoreless top of the sixth. Seaver gave up only a single to Stargell in the bottom half and Boyer singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Sullivan grounded to Wills for a force play and Seaver was hit by a pitch. Harrelson hit a fly ball to left fielder Stargell for the second out and Luplow was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ribant got Lewis on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Alou. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Kranepool got his third single of the game with one out in the top of the eighth inning. Ribant got Buchek to fly out to right fielder Clemente and retired Boyer on a grounder to Alley for the third out. To begin the bottom half, Alou drew a walk and moved to second base on Wills’ sacrifice bunt. Alou went to third on Clemente’s ground out to Boyer and an intentional walk to Stargell ensued. Taylor then retired Bill Mazeroski on a ground ball back to the mound for the final out of the inning.

Jerry Grote reached on an error by Alley to open the top of the ninth. Taylor’s sacrifice bunt sent Grote to second base and pinch-hitter Bob Johnson went down on strikes. Luplow was given an intentional walk and Ribant got Lewis to line out to Clemente for the inning’s third out. To begin the bottom half, Clendenon singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alley. Pinch-hitter Andre Rodgers took a called third strike and pinch-hitter Jesse Gonder was walked intentionally. Taylor was then replaced by Mets’ reliever Don Shaw, who retired Mota on a ground ball to second baseman Buchek to end the inning and send the game onward.

Davis hit a single against Pirates’ reliever Elroy Face to lead off the top of the 10th. Kranepool was struck out and Buchek singled to send pinch-runner Cleon Jones to third base. Boyer followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Jones and put the Mets ahead by a run. Face then got Grote on a grounder to Wills to close out the inning.

Wills grounded out to Boyer to start the bottom of the 10th. Clemente went down on strikes. Shaw then retired Stargell on a pop-up to Buchek for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to begin the doubleheader.