May 28, 1967: Denehy's First Win

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Date: May 28, 1967
Mets starter: Bill Denehy
Mets: 6
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Bill Denehy
Key player(s): Bill Denehy, Tommy Davis, Jack Hamilton
Key play: Davis’s home run and doubles

The Mets faced the Braves in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played a two-hour and thirteen-minute opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Bill Denehy recorded his first major league win in a 6-3 Mets victory over Atlanta.

Denehy pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson singled against Braves’ starter Pat Jarvis to lead off the bottom half. On his own hit, Harrelson advanced to second base via an error by right fielder Hank Aaron. Ed Charles drew a walk and Al Luplow hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Woody Woodward. Tommy Davis followed with a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Ed Kranepool drew a walk and (on a third strike to Jerry Buchek) was caught stealing via a throw by catcher Joe Torre to Woodward for an inning-ending double play.

Torre doubled to open the top of the second. Felipe Alou grounded out to shortstop Harrelson and a home run by Clete Boyer reduced the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Woodward followed with a triple to left field. With Jarvis at bat, Woodward was tagged out by catcher John Sullivan on an attempted steal of home. Jarvis walked and Denehy retired Marty Martinez on an inning-ending pop-up to Harrelson. The Mets were then retired in order by Jarvis in the bottom half.

Denehy set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Luplow singled and moved to third base on a single by Davis. Kranepool hit a single to drive home Luplow and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Buchek flied out to left fielder Rico Carty to end the inning and Torre homered to begin the top of the fourth. Denehy retired Alou on a grounder back to the mound and got Boyer to ground out to second baseman Buchek. Bill retired Woodward on a fly ball to left fielder Davis to finish off the inning. Jarvis then yielded just a single to Sullivan in the bottom half.

Denehy set down the side in order once again in the top of the fifth. Luplow drew a walk against Jarvis with one out in the bottom of the inning. Davis hit a double to score Luplow for a 5-3 Mets lead. Tommy stole second base and Kranepool was given an intentional walk. Buchek hit a ground ball back to Atlanta reliever Clay Carroll for an inning-ending double play. Denehy and the Mets’ Jack Hamilton combined for a scoreless top of the sixth. Carroll then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Hamilton retired all three batters on infield grounders in the top of the seventh. Luplow drew a walk against Braves’ reliever Phil Niekro with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Davis doubled to bring home Luplow with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Kranepool went down on strikes to close out the inning and Hamilton gave up only a double to Torre in the top of the eighth. Niekro then limited the Mets to a single by Sullivan in the bottom half.

Boyer flied out to right fielder Johnny Lewis to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mike de la Hoz was called out on strikes. Hamilton then retired pinch-hitter Gene Oliver on a pop-up to first baseman Kranepool for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader as Denehy chalked up his first win in the major leagues.

Notes

  • Denehy’s win turned out to be the only one of his major league career.
  • The save for Hamilton was his only one of the season.