May 14, 1966: Mets Tame Giants With 17 Singles
|Date: May 14, 1966|
|Mets starter: Jack Fisher|
|Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher|
|Key player(s): Ron Hunt, Cleon Jones, John Stephenson|
|Key play: Mets’ seventeen singles|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday at Shea Stadium. After playing a 17-inning game the previous night, the teams were back at it again the following afternoon. The Mets pounded out seventeen hits – all singles – in an 11-4 win over San Francisco.
In the top of the first inning, Len Gabrielson drew a one-out walk against Mets’ starter Jack Fisher. Gabrielson advanced to second base on Willie Mays’ single and scored on a single by Jim Ray Hart. Fisher retired the next two Giants batters to close out the inning and San Francisco’s Bob Bolin walked Ron Hunt to begin the bottom half. Ed Bressoud reached on an error by third baseman Hart and a single by Johnny Lewis brought home Hunt. On his own hit, Lewis was out at second via a throw by right fielder Ollie Brown to shortstop Hal Lanier. Cleon Jones singled to score Bressoud for a 2-1 Mets lead. Ed Kranepool flied out to left fielder Don Landrum and a single by John Stephenson ensued. Trying to score on the play, Jones was out on second baseman Tito Fuentes’s relay throw to catcher Tom Haller to end the inning.
Landrum doubled to lead off the top of the second. Lanier grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to send Landrum to third base. Fisher threw a wild pitch that scored Landrum with the tying run before striking out Bolin. Fuentes lined out to third baseman Bressoud to end the inning and Bolin pitched a perfect bottom half. Fisher set down the Giants in order in the top of the third and Hunt singled to open the bottom of the inning. Bressoud’s sacrifice bunt moved Hunt to second and Lewis drew a walk. Jones was retired on a foul fly ball to Brown and a single by Kranepool plated Hunt to regain the lead for the Mets. Bolin then got Stephenson to fly out to Brown and finish off the inning.
Fisher pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. San Francisco reliever Ron Herbel hurled a perfect bottom half and Fisher set down all three batters in the top of the fifth. Hunt singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Ron moved to second base on Bressoud’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Herbel’s wild pitch. Lewis hit a ground ball on which Fuentes threw to Haller for an out at home on Hunt. Jones singled to send Lewis to third and stole second. Kranepool drew a walk to load the bases. Stephenson hit a single to score Lewis and Jones for a 5-2 Mets lead. On the hit, Kranepool got caught between second and third and was tagged out by Lanier to end the inning.
Fisher retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Ron Swoboda and Roy McMillan got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. Fisher got a bunt single to load the bases and Herbel issued a walk to Hunt that forced home Swoboda. San Francisco reliever Joe Gibbon got Bressoud to hit a grounder on which Fuentes threw to Haller for an out at home on McMillan. Pinch-hitter Dick Stuart went down on strikes and Jones singled to drive home Fisher and Hunt. Kranepool followed with a single that plated Bressoud with Jones coming home on Lanier’s error to increase the Mets’ lead to 10-2. Stephenson then grounded back to Gibbon for the inning’s final out.
Fisher held the Giants to a single by Lanier in a scoreless top of the seventh. Swoboda hit a single against San Francisco’s Bob Shaw to open the bottom half. Consecutive ground outs by McMillan and Fisher advanced Swoboda to second and third base, respectively. Ron scored the Mets’ eleventh run on a single by Hunt. Shaw then threw a called third strike past Bressoud for the third out of the inning.
Mays and Hart got back-to-back singles against Fisher with one out in the top of the eighth. Haller singled to drive home pinch-runner Cap Peterson and send Hart to third base. Mets’ reliever Dick Selma got Brown to hit into a force play on which Hart scored the Giants’ fourth run. Landrum singled to advance Brown to third and pinch-hitter Willie McCovey flied out to left fielder Swoboda to end the inning. Billy Murphy singled to begin the bottom half. Shaw retired the next two batters and yielded a single to Stephenson (the Mets’ 17th of the game) that sent Murphy to third. Swoboda then hit a force play grounder to shortstop Jim Davenport to close out the inning.
Pinch-hitter Bob Barton popped out to shortstop McMillan to lead off the top of the ninth. Fuentes went down on strikes. Selma then got Gabrielson on a ground ball to Bressoud for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of a large supply of pure singles.