May 27, 1965: Mets Defeat Cubs With 10-Hit Attack

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Date: May 27, 1965
Mets starter: Gary Kroll
Mets: 8
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Gary Kroll
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Charley Smith, Johnny Lewis, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Smith’s triple, Kranepool’s double, Swoboda’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets collected a total of ten hits in an 8-5 win over Chicago.

Mets’ starter Gary Kroll pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Johnny Lewis hit a double against the Cubs’ Cal Koonce with one out in the bottom half. Charley Smith tripled to score Lewis and came home on Ed Kranepool’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ron Swoboda singled and advanced to third base on a single by Joe Christopher. Koonce then retired Hawk Taylor on a fly ball to right fielder Doug Clemens to end the inning.

Kroll shut down the Cubs in the top of the second. Roy McMillan got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. McMillan moved to second base on Kroll’s sacrifice bunt and to third on shortstop Roberto Pena’s error of Bobby Klaus’s ground ball. Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to bring home McMillan and a walk to Smith ensued. Kranepool followed with a double that plated Klaus and Smith, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Trying to advance on his own hit, Kranepool was out via a relay throw by Pena to third baseman Ron Santo to finish off the inning.

Kroll and Koonce each pitched a scoreless third. In the top of the fourth, Clemens drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Len Gabrielson grounded out to second baseman Klaus and a walk to Vic Roznovsky followed. Kroll retired Pena on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop McMillan and a walk to Klaus opened the bottom half. Lewis reached on Pena’s second error to send Klaus to third. Smith hit a grounder on which Santo threw to catcher Roznovsky for an out at home on Klaus. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Kranepool loaded the bases. Swoboda singled to drive home Lewis and Smith, increasing the Mets’ lead to seven runs. On his own hit, Swoboda was out at second via a throw by right fielder Clemens to Pena. Koonce then struck out Christopher to end the inning.

Kroll hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Chicago reliever Bob Humphreys struck out the side in order in the bottom half and Santo was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the sixth. Clemens reached on an error by third baseman Smith and a fly ball by Gabrielson was caught by right fielder Swoboda. Roznovsky singled to score Santo and send Clemens to third base. Pena hit a single that plated Clemens and sent Roznovsky to third. Pinch-hitter Ernie Banks singled to bring home Roznovsky and reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Tug McGraw came in to pitch for New York and threw a called third strike past Jimmy Stewart. McGraw then issued a walk to Glenn Beckert and retired Billy Williams on a line drive to left fielder Christopher that ended the inning.

Klaus hit a double against Cubs’ reliever Jack Warner to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Bobby advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored the Mets’ eighth run on a single by Lewis. On his own hit, Johnny was out at second via a throw by Roznovsky to Pena. Warner set down the next two batters to close out the inning and consecutive walks to Santo and Clemens opened the top of the seventh. McGraw was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Galen Cisco, who threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Joey Amalfitano. Pena walked to load the bases and Banks singled to drive home Santo and Clemens. For New York, reliever Larry Bearnarth retired Stewart on an inning-ending fly ball to Swoboda. Chicago’s Ernie Broglio then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Bearnarth set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Broglio yielded only a single to Klaus (the Mets’ tenth hit) in the bottom half. Clemens grounded out to Klaus to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Harry Bright singled to left field. Roznovsky then hit a ground ball back to Bearnarth for a double play to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the two-game set.