September 18, 1967: Mets Win in Boswell's Debut
|Date: September 18, 1967|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ken Boswell, Ed Kranepool|
|Key play: Boswell’s sacrifice fly and double|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. In the opener of a three-game series, Ken Boswell made his major league debut. Boswell hit a double and drove in two runs as the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 7-2.
Mets’ starter Tom Seaver gave up only a double to Willie Davis in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against the Dodgers’ John Duffie (pitching in his first major league game) to lead off the bottom half. Bob Heise hit a single to advance Harrelson to third base. Tommy Davis followed by reaching on Duffie’s error that scored Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ron Swoboda grounded out to Duffie and an intentional walk to Ed Kranepool loaded the bases. Duffie then got Boswell (in his first at-bat as a major leaguer) to hit a ground ball to second baseman Luis Alcaraz for an inning-ending double play.
After scoreless second and third innings, Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Swoboda drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Ron moved to third base on Kranepool’s single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Boswell. Amos Otis reached on an error by shortstop Nate Oliver. Jerry Grote reached on third baseman Ron Hunt’s error that brought home Kranepool and sent Otis to third. Seaver followed with a ground out to Oliver to score Otis for a 4-0 Mets lead. Duffie then retired Harrelson on a line drive to Oliver for the inning’s final out.
Seaver shut down the Dodgers in the top of the fifth. Duffie hurled a perfect bottom half and Oliver tripled with one out in the top of the sixth. Hunt singled to bring home Oliver with the first Los Angeles run of the game. Willie Davis hit a force play grounder to second baseman Heise and a strikeout of Ron Fairly ended the inning. To open the bottom half, Kranepool hit a single against Dodgers’ reliever Jim Brewer. Boswell doubled to drive home Kranepool and went to third base on right fielder Willie Crawford’s error. Otis singled to score Boswell and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. With Grote at bat, Otis was caught stealing second on catcher John Roseboro’s throw to Oliver. Brewer then got Grote to fly out to center fielder Willie Davis and retired Seaver on a foul pop-up to Roseboro to close out the inning.
Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Tommy Davis got an infield single with two outs in the bottom half. Swoboda followed with a single on which Tommy Davis came all the way around to score the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Kranepool hit a double on which Willie Davis threw to Roseboro for an out at home on Swoboda that finished off the inning. Seaver surrendered only a walk to Crawford in the top of the eighth. Brewer then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Al Ferrara grounded out to Heise to begin the top of the ninth. Roseboro drew a walk and Wes Parker was struck out. Len Gabrielsen got a bunt single to advance pinch-runner Gene Michael to second base. Alcaraz singled to score Michael with the Dodgers’ second run. Seaver then struck out Crawford to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.