September 20, 1966: Fisher Hurls Four-Hit Shutout

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Date: September 20, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 3
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Bressoud, Chuck Hiller
Key play: Bressoud’s and Hiller’s singles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night in Houston. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Jack Fisher pitched a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Bud Harrelson singled against Astros’ starter Mike Cuellar to lead off the top of the first inning. Harrelson stole second base and scored on Ed Bressoud’s single for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bressoud advanced to third base on consecutive infield groundouts by Cleon Jones and Jim Hickman. Cuellar retired Hawk Taylor on a grounder to shortstop Sonny Jackson for the third out. Fisher then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Danny Napoleon hit a double to begin the top of the second. Ron Swoboda grounded out to third baseman Felix Mantilla and a single by Chuck Hiller brought home Napoleon. Hiller moved to second base on a wild pitch. Fisher was retired on a ground ball to Mantilla, after which first baseman Chuck Harrison made an error that allowed Hiller to score the Mets’ third run. Cuellar threw a called third strike past Harrelson to close out the inning. Fisher then set down the Astros in order in the bottom half.

Fisher and Cuellar each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Jack yielded just a single in each inning while Cuellar faced the minimum twelve batters in shutting down the Mets. Houston reliever Turk Farrell retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Fisher hurled a perfect bottom half and Farrell retired all three batters once again in the top of the eighth. Jack set down the Astros on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half and Hickman singled with two outs in the top of the ninth. Farrell then walked Taylor and got Napoleon on a line drive to center fielder Ron Davis to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Brock Davis grounded out to first baseman Hickman to open the bottom of the ninth. Joe Morgan was also retired on a grounder to Hickman. Jackson reached third base on an error by Fisher. Jack then retired Harrison on a fly ball to left fielder Napoleon for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Jack’s shutout.