April 30, 1967: Cardwell Pitches Three-Hit Shutout

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Date: April 30, 1967
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 2
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Swoboda’s home run, McCool’s wild pitch

The Mets and Reds faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-eight-minute opener of the twinbill at Crosley Field. Don Cardwell pitched a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Ron Swoboda hit a home run against Reds’ starter Bill McCool to lead off the top of the second. Cleon Jones was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Leo Cardenas. Chuck Hiller flied out to left fielder Pete Rose and a walk to Don Bosch followed. McCool threw a called third strike past Cardwell to close out the inning. Don then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Jerry Grote drew a walk with one out in the top of the third. Ken Boyer flied out to right fielder Tommy Harper and a single by Tommy Davis advanced Grote to third base. With Swoboda at bat, a wild pitch brought home Grote with the Mets’ second run of the game. McCool fanned Swoboda for the inning’s third out. Cardwell then retired all three Cincinnati batters in the bottom half.

McCool pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Cardwell yielded only a single to Rose in the bottom of the inning and McCool set down the Mets in order once again in the top of the fifth. Deron Johnson singled to open the bottom half. Don Pavletich hit a force play grounder to third baseman Boyer and a strikeout of Tommy Helms ensued. Cardwell then got Cardenas on a force play ground ball to shortstop Sandy Alomar for the inning’s final out.

Cardwell and McCool each hurled perfect sixth and seventh innings. McCool retired the Mets 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth and Don shut down the Reds in the bottom half. Cincinnati reliever Ted Abernathy set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Vada Pinson singled for the Reds’ third hit. Cardwell then got Rose on a grounder to second baseman Hiller for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory on Don’s shutout to start the doubleheader.