May 22, 1966: Mets Defeat Giants for DH Split

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Date: May 22, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Hamilton
Mets: 7
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Jack Hamilton
Key player(s): Jack Hamilton, Dick Stuart, Ron Swoboda, Ed Bressoud
Key play: Stuart’s single, Swoboda’s home run, Bressoud’s triple

The Mets faced the Giants in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the Mets were in search of a split in the second game. The Mets came away with a 7-2 win.

Giants’ starter Ray Sadecki hit Ron Hunt with a pitch to begin the top of the first inning. Ed Bressoud reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Cleon Jones went down on strikes. Dick Stuart hit a single to drive home Hunt for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ron Swoboda drew a walk to load the bases and Billy Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Bressoud as Swoboda moved to third base. Swoboda came home on Sadecki’s wild pitch for a three-run New York lead. Jerry Grote walked and San Francisco reliever Bob Bolin retired Roy McMillan on a fly ball to left fielder Cap Peterson for the third out. Mets’ starter Jack Hamilton then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Bolin shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Hamilton hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Swoboda hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the third. Murphy grounded out to third baseman Jim Ray Hart and a fly ball by Grote was caught by right fielder Ollie Brown to end the inning. Hamilton set down the side in order in the bottom half and McMillan singled against Bolin to lead off the top of the fourth. Roy advanced to second base on Hamilton’s sacrifice bunt and Hunt was given an intentional walk. Bressoud followed with a triple to score both McMillan and Hunt. Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Bressoud and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Stuart singled and Swoboda was hit by a pitch. Giants’ reliever Ron Herbel retired Murphy on an inning-ending foul pop-up to Hart. Hamilton then set down all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half.

Hamilton and Herbel each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Giants’ reliever Bob Shaw retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Hart homered to lead off the bottom half. Hamilton set down the next three hitters to finish off the inning and reached on Hart’s error with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Chuck Hiller singled and Bressoud hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Tito Fuentes. Shaw got Jones on a force play grounder to Fuentes that closed out the inning. Hamilton then pitched a perfect bottom half.

San Francisco reliever Bill Henry yielded only a triple to Swoboda in the top of the ninth. A double by Fuentes opened the bottom of the inning. Fuentes moved to third base on Don Landrum’s ground out to first baseman Ed Kranepool and scored the Giants’ second run on a single by Hart. On his own hit, Hart was out via a throw by left fielder Swoboda to second baseman Hiller. Peterson singled and Hamilton struck out Tom Haller to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.