September 25, 1965: Willey Stifles Phils for Split
|Date: September 25, 1965|
|Mets starter: Carl Willey|
|Winning pitcher: Carl Willey|
|Key player(s): Carl Willey, Ron Hunt, Greg Goossen|
|Key play: Hunt’s two-run double, Goossen’s home run|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game of the twinbill at Connie Mack Stadium. Carl Willey pitched a complete game as the Mets came away with a 4-1 win over the Phils.
Following a scoreless first inning, Greg Goossen singled against Phillies’ starter Ray Herbert with one out in the top of the second. Bud Harrelson hit a double to advance Goossen to third base and Willey was called out on strikes. Ron Hunt doubled to score Goossen and Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Herbert issued a walk to Kevin Collins and fanned Johnny Lewis to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Tony Taylor drew a walk. Bobby Wine went down on strikes and Pat Corrales hit a double to left field. Willey then retired Herbert on a ground ball to second baseman Hunt for the inning’s final out.
Jim Hickman got a one-out single off right field scoreboard in the top of the third. On Joe Christopher’s ensuing double, Hickman was out at home via a throw by right fielder Johnny Callison to catcher Corrales. Goossen popped out to shortstop Wine to finish off the inning and Willey shut down the Phils in the bottom half. Herbert set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth and Dick Stuart drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Taylor was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Wes Covington was struck out. Corrales flied out to right fielder Lewis and a single by pinch-hitter Billy Sorrell loaded the bases. Willey then got Johnny Briggs on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson to close out the inning.
Philadelphia reliever Bo Belinsky pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Willey shut down the Phillies in the bottom of the inning and Goossen came to bat with two outs in the top of the sixth. Greg connected for his first major league home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Belinsky threw a called third strike past Harrelson to end the inning and Ruben Amaro drew a walk with one-out in the bottom half. Corrales went down on strikes and Amaro moved to second base on a wild pitch. Willey then got pinch-hitter John Herrnstein to pop out to first baseman Ed Kranepool for the third out of the inning.
Phils’ reliever Ferguson Jenkins retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Dick Allen singled with one out in the bottom half. Callison fouled out to Kranepool and a double by Tony Gonzalez drove home Allen. Stuart grounded back to Willey for the third out and Hickman came to bat with two outs in the top of the eighth. Jim slugged a homer to regain a three-run lead for the Mets. Jenkins struck out Christopher to end the inning and Amaro hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Clay Dalrymple lined out to center fielder Hickman. Willey then retired pinch-hitter Alex Johnson on a ground ball to Hunt that closed out the inning.
Philadelphia’s Jack Baldschun hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Briggs flied out to Hickman to begin the bottom half. Allen flied out to Lewis and a walk to Callison ensued. Willey then got Gonzalez to ground out to Hunt and end the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader.
- This was Willey's final game of his eight-season major league career.