May 30, 1966: Mets Beat Phils for DH Split

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Date: May 30, 1966
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 3
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Ed Bressoud, Cleon Jones, Ron Hunt, Jack Fisher
Key play: Bressoud’s and Jones’ singles, Hunt’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Monday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the Memorial Day twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. The Mets came away with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.

Dick Selma and the Phils’ Bob Buhl each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Mets’ reliever Jack Fisher surrendered only a walk to Tony Gonzalez in the top of the fourth and Buhl set down the side in order in the bottom half. The Phillies failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth and Ron Swoboda singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Swoboda stole second base and Jerry Grote flied out to center fielder Gonzalez. Ed Bressoud hit a single to drive home Swoboda for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bressoud stole second and advanced to third on catcher Clay Dalrymple’s error. Buhl then threw a called third strike past Fisher and retired Ron Hunt on a line drive to Gonzalez that ended the inning.

Fisher yielded just a double to Gonzalez in the top of the sixth. Ken Boyer hit a one-out triple against Buhl in the bottom half. Ed Kranepool fouled out to Dalrymple and a single by Cleon Jones scored Boyer, increasing the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Swoboda singled and Philadelphia reliever Terry Fox retired Grote on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Bobby Wine. To open the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Doug Clemens drew a walk and Cookie Rojas singled. Johnny Callison was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. Dick Allen reached on an error by shortstop Bressoud that allowed Clemens to come home and Rojas to go to third base. Fisher then got Bill White to pop out to Bressoud and retired Gonzalez on a grounder to second baseman Hunt to finish off the inning.

Bressoud drew a walk against Phillies’ reliever Gary Wagner to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Ed moved to third base on Fisher’s double and scored the Mets’ third run on a sacrifice fly by Hunt. Against Philadelphia’s Darold Knowles, pinch-hitter Dick Stuart reached on an error by third baseman Dick Groat. Boyer followed with a single on which pinch-runner Billy Murphy got caught between bases and was tagged out by second baseman Rojas. Knowles then got Kranepool on a force play ground ball to Rojas for the inning’s third out.

Fisher shut down the Phils in the top of the eighth. Knowles hurled a perfect bottom half and Rojas doubled to begin the top of the ninth. Callison went down on strikes and Allen grounded out to Kranepool. White then grounded back to Fisher for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the holiday doubleheader.