April 17, 1967: Cardwell Haunts Former Team
|Date: April 17, 1967|
|Mets starter: Don Cardwell|
|Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell|
|Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Ed Kranepool, Tommy Davis|
|Key play: Davis’s RBI single, Cardwell’s home run, Kranepool’s two singles|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night in Pittsburgh. The game marked a return for Mets’ pitcher Don Cardwell, who had been traded by the Bucs the previous winter. Cardwell hit a two-run homer against his former teammates and got his first win as a Met in a 9-6 victory.
Don Bosch reached on an error by third baseman Maury Wills with one out in the top of the first inning. Bosch stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Jim Pagliaroni’s throwing error. Ken Boyer was called out on strikes and Tommy Davis singled to drive home Bosch. Pirates’ starter Vernon Law struck out Ed Kranepool to end the inning. Cardwell then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
With one out in the top of the second, Jerry Grote hit a double to center field. Bud Harrelson was retired on a foul fly ball to left fielder Willie Stargell. Cardwell came to bat and slugged a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Law retired Cleon Jones on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Bill Mazeroski, who hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Gene Alley tripled to score Mazeroski with the Bucs’ first run of the game. Cardwell then fanned Pagliaroni for the inning’s third out.
Boyer singled against Law with one out in the top of the third. Davis followed with a single that advanced Boyer to third base. Kranepool singled to bring home Boyer and move Davis to second. Tommy went to third after Jerry Buchek’s fly out to right fielder Roberto Clemente and came home on shortstop Alley’s error of Grote’s grounder. Pittsburgh reliever Steve Blass struck out Cardwell to finish off the inning and pinch-hitter George Spriggs singled to open the bottom half. Matty Alou flied out to right fielder Jones and a walk to Wills followed. Clemente reached on second baseman Buchek’s error to load the bases and a wild pitch brought home Spriggs. Stargell grounded out to Buchek to score Wills and cut the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Cardwell then got Donn Clendenon to ground out to Buchek and end the inning.
Jones hit a single against Pirates’ reliever Tommie Sisk to lead off the top of the fourth. On Bosch’s ensuing sacrifice bunt, first baseman Clendenon made an error that put Mets runners on second and third base. Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases and advanced to third on Kranepool’s single that plated Jones and Bosch. Buchek singled to score Davis for an 8-3 New York lead. Sisk retired Grote on a ground ball to Wills to close out the inning. Cardwell then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.
Harrelson drew a walk to begin the top of the fifth. Cardwell singled to move Harrelson to third base and Jones flied out to Clemente. Bosch grounded out to Pagliaroni to bring home Harrelson with the Mets’ ninth run. Sisk retired Boyer on a fly ball to center fielder Alou to finish off the inning. Alou hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Cardwell then got Wills to hit a grounder to shortstop Harrelson for an inning-ending double play.
Cardwell and Pirates’ reliever Jim Shellenback each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Pittsburgh’s Al McBean hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Alou singled against Cardwell to lead off the bottom half. Wills flied out to left fielder Tommie Reynolds. Clemente hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Stargell hit a two-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 9-5. New York’s Ron Taylor threw a called third strike past Clendenon to close out the inning. McBean then set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.
Mazeroski grounded out to third baseman Boyer to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Alley grounded out to Buchek and a home run by pinch-hitter Manny Jimenez ensued. Pinch-hitter Manny Mota then grounded back to Taylor for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory for Cardwell in his return to Pittsburgh.