September 30, 1966: Bressoud and Hunt End Dierker's Gem

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Date: September 30, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Bressoud, Ron Hunt
Key play: Bressoud’s double, Hunt’s single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a season-closing weekend series. A pair of hits in the ninth inning ended a bid for a perfect game by Houston’s Larry Dierker and gave the Mets a 1-0 win.

Mets’ starter Jack Fisher shut down the Astros on six hits from the first inning to the eighth. Fisher yielded five singles (three to Sonny Jackson) and a double by Chuck Harrison, but no runs to the Houston team. Meanwhile, Dierker had retired all twenty-four New Yorkers to come to bat. The pitchers recorded a combined total of nine strikeouts during the eight innings.

Fisher set down the Astros in order in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, Ed Bressoud doubled to become the Mets’ first baserunner of the game. With Ron Hunt at bat as a pinch-hitter for Danny Napoleon, a wild pitch by Dierker sent Bressoud to third base. Hunt then hit a single to drive home Bressoud with the winning run. The Mets had foiled a quest for perfection and come up with an amazing victory.