April 29, 1971: Ryan and Frisella Blank Cardinals

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Date: April 29, 1971
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Danny Frisella, Don Hahn, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Hahn’s double, Clendenon’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Nolan Ryan and Danny Frisella combined for a shutout in a 7-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Ryan and Cards’ starter Jerry Reuss each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Cleon Jones doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Donn Clendenon hit a single and Ken Singleton grounded out to second baseman Julian Javier to drive home Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bob Aspromonte grounded out to Javier and a pop-up by Tim Foli was caught by shortstop Dal Maxvill for the inning’s third out. The Cardinals had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom half. Ryan then struck out struck out Reuss to end the inning.

Jerry Grote hit a double against Reuss to begin the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Don Hahn doubled to score Grote and came home on a single by Tommie Agee. St. Louis reliever Chuck Taylor retired Bud Harrelson on a ground ball to Javier. Jones was walked intentionally and Clendenon slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Singleton drew a walk and Don Shaw came in to pitch for the Cards. Aspromonte greeted Shaw with a double that brought home Singleton and extended the New York lead to seven runs. Foli grounded out to third baseman Joe Torre and a fly ball by Grote was caught by center fielder Jose Cardenal to finish off the inning. Frisella then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Shaw hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Frisella gave up only a single to Joe Hague in the bottom of the inning and Shaw shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Dick Schofield was called out on strikes to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jim Beauchamp flied out to left fielder Jones. Frisella then fanned Lou Brock for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory and a series sweep.