May 14, 1967: Mets Knock Out Gibson in Win Over Cards

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Date: May 14, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Jerry Buchek, Bob Johnson
Key play: Buchek’s home run, Johnson’s double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. It was a pitching matchup of Jack Fisher and Redbirds’ hard-throwing ace Bob Gibson. The Mets had Gibson removed in the fourth inning and Fisher hurled a complete game in a 3-1 Mets win.

The Mets collected four singles, but failed to score against Gibson from the first inning to the third. Fisher allowed only a single to Gibson in shutting down the Cards in the bottom halves. With one out in the top of the fourth, Jerry Buchek homered off Gibson for the game’s first run. Ron Swoboda hit a double and John Sullivan was given an intentional walk. On Fisher’s ensuing bunt, catcher Tim McCarver threw to third baseman Mike Shannon for a force out on Swoboda. Bob Johnson doubled to drive home Sullivan and Fisher for a 3-0 Mets lead. Gibson was replaced on the mound by St. Louis reliever Hal Woodeshick, who retired Ed Kranepool on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Julian Javier. Fisher then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Fisher and Woodeshick each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, Cardinals’ reliever Nelson Briles yielded only a leadoff single to Johnson in shutting down the Mets. Roger Maris got a one-out single in the bottom half. A wild pitched advanced Maris to second base and Orlando Cepeda went down on strikes. McCarver singled to drive home Maris and moved to second on an error by right fielder Swoboda. Fisher got Shannon to ground out to shortstop Johnson and end the inning. Briles pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and pinch-hitter Ed Spiezio singled with two outs in the bottom half. Fisher then retired Lou Brock on a fly ball to left fielder Tommy Davis for the inning’s third out.

Fisher singled against St. Louis’s Dick Hughes to begin the top of the ninth inning. Johnson followed with a ground ball to shortstop Dal Maxvill for a double play and Kranepool drew a walk. Hughes got Ed Charles to pop out to Javier and end the inning. Maris drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Fisher then got Cepeda to hit a grounder to third baseman Charles for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory over Gibson and the Redbirds.