September 16, 1966: Mets Win with Three Runs in 9th
|Date: September 16, 1966|
|Mets starter: Jack Fisher|
|Winning pitcher: Darrell Sutherland|
|Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Hawk Taylor|
|Key play: Taylor's RBI single, Harrelson's second triple & steal of home|
The Mets played the Giants on a Friday night at Candlestick Park. Coming towards the end of the season, the Mets were aiming for their first ever non-last place finish while San Francisco was a contender in the National League pennant race. The Mets played a spoiler role with three runs in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win over San Francisco.
The Mets got a run against Giants' starter Ray Sadecki in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson led off with a triple and later came home on Ken Boyer's sacrifice fly. The game was tied in the second inning when Willie McCovey homered off Mets' starter Jack Fisher. In the third, Sadecki and Fisher each retired the side in order.
Boyer doubled off Sadecki to begin the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Jim Hickman singled to score Boyer and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Fisher shut down the Giants in the bottom of the inning and did so again in the fifth and sixth. In the top of the seventh, San Francisco's Bob Priddy held the Mets scoreless despite a walk to Harrelson and Bud's stolen base.
Tom Haller led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Fisher retired the next three Giant batters and Priddy pitched a perfect top of the eighth. In the bottom half, Ken Henderson hit a one-out double and scored on Willie Mays' single to put San Francisco ahead, 3-2. Mets' reliever Larry Miller walked McCovey before Darrell Sutherland came in and got Jesus Alou to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Priddy walked pinch-hitter Chuck Hiller to start off the top of the ninth inning. Giants' reliever Billy Hoeft struck out Ron Hunt and Danny Napoleon while pinch-runner Shaun Fitzmaurice stole second base. Batting for Sutherland, Hawk Taylor singled to score Fitzmaurice and went to second base on the throw home. Harrelson followed with his second triple of the game, bringing home pinch-runner Johnny Lewis with the go-ahead run. With Ed Bressoud at bat against Lindy McDaniel, Harrelson stole home to increase the Mets' lead to 5-3. McDaniel then retired Bressoud to end the inning.
Mets' reliever Rob Gardner gave up singles to Jack Hiatt and Jim Davenport in the bottom of the ninth. Jack Hamilton took over on the mound and threw a wild pitch that scored pinch-runner Don Mason from third base. Hamilton retired the next two batters and Tito Fuentes came to bat. Jack got Fuentes on a foul pop-up to third baseman Boyer to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory over the Giants, who lost their chance to enter second place in the National League race.