June 6, 1967: Swoboda's Homer Gives Mets Sweep

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Date: June 6, 1967
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 3
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Hamilton
Key player(s): Ron Swoboda
Key play: Swoboda's homer in 10th

After winning Game 1 in 10 innings, the Mets faced the Pirates in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Forbes Field. The Tuesday nightcap was another close battle as the teams, once again, entered extra innings. A home run by Ron Swoboda gave the Mets a 3-2 win for their second 10-inning triumph of the day.

In the second inning, Swoboda tripled off Pittsburgh starter Juan Pizarro to score Hawk Taylor with the Mets' first run of the game. The Pirates responded in the third when Willie Stargell hit a triple off Mets' starter Dick Selma to bring home Matty Alou and George Spriggs for a 2-1 lead. In the top of the fourth, Swoboda doubled and came around to score the tying run when Alou mishandled the ball in center field.

Pizarro shut down the Mets on one hit for the next five innings. A single and stolen base by Ed Charles in the eighth was the Mets' only offense from the fifth inning to the ninth. In the ninth, Pizarro got Tommy Davis and Jerry Buchek for his tenth and eleventh strikeouts of the game. Meanwhile, Selma and Mets relievers Bill Denehy and Jack Hamilton teamed up to keep the Pirates scoreless and hitless during the same five innings.

Swoboda put the Mets ahead with a home run off Pittsburgh's Roy Face in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half of the inning, Hamilton set down the Pirates 1-2-3 to end the game. The Mets had swept the twinbill with another 10-inning victory.

Notes

  • The doubleheader was the Mets' third in four days.
  • This was the Mets' second doubleheader sweep with two extra-inning wins. The first was on June 2, 1963 against the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. Both games of that twinbill also ended in 10 innings.