September 1, 1966: Ribant Stifles Giants for Tenth Win

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Date: September 1, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 2
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Dennis Ribant
Key player(s): Dennis Ribant, Ed Bressoud
Key play: Bressoud’s two-run single in 2nd

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of a crowd of 37,516 fans on hand. Dennis Ribant pitched a complete game for his tenth win of the year as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 2-1.

Ribant held the Giants to a leadoff single by Tito Fuentes in a scoreless top of the first inning. San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry pitched a perfect bottom half. In the top of the second, Ribant set down all three batters on infield ground balls. Al Luplow and Larry Elliot started the bottom half with back-to-back singles off Perry. Ed Kranepool grounded out to first baseman Willie McCovey to move the runners to second and third. A single by Ed Bressoud scored Luplow and Elliot for a 2-0 Mets lead. Perry retired John Stephenson on a fly ball to center fielder Willie Mays. Ribant then grounded out to shortstop Fuentes to end the inning.

In the third, Ribant and Perry each retired the side in order. Jesus Alou hit a triple with one out in the top of the fourth. Mays followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Alou. McCovey hit a grounder to second baseman Chuck Hiller for the third out. Perry set down three straight Mets batters after a leadoff double by Luplow in the bottom of the inning. Ribant pitched a 1-2-3 top of the fifth. Perry then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Ribant and Perry each pitched two-hit scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. In the top of the eighth, Bob Burda flied out to center fielder Luplow and pinch-hitter Cap Peterson struck out. Ribant walked pinch-hitter Jim Davenport and threw a called third strike past Fuentes to end the inning. Giants’ reliever Lindy McDaniel then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Alou flied out to left fielder Elliot to open the top of the ninth inning. Mays fouled out to first baseman Kranepool. McCovey hit a double to center field. Ribant then got Jim Ray Hart on a ground ball to Hiller for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on Dennis’s five-hitter.