April 30, 1968: Don and Ron Down Phils

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Date: April 30, 1968
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Swoboda’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Don Cardwell pitched a five-hit shutout and Ron Swoboda homered for a 1-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Cardwell retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Chris Short hurled a perfect bottom half and Cardwell gave up just a double to Bill White in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Swoboda slugged a home run to give the Mets a lead. Greg Goossen took a called third strike and Ed Charles lined out to center fielder Tony Gonzalez. Short then got Jerry Grote on a fly ball to right fielder Johnny Callison for the inning’s third out.

Cardwell held the Phillies to a single by Tony Taylor in the top of the third. Short allowed just a double to Bud Harrelson in the bottom half and Callison doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Cardwell set down the next three Philadelphia batters and Swoboda drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Goossen was struck out and Charles hit a single to advance Swoboda to third base. Short then threw a called third strike past Grote for the final out of the inning.

Cardwell and Short each retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth innings. Don set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Goossen singled to open the bottom half. Charles flied out to Gonzalez, who followed up with a throw to first baseman White for an out on Goossen and a double play. Short retired Grote on a line drive to Callison to close out the inning and Cardwell pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Phillies’ reliever Turk Farrell then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Taylor got a single to begin the top of the ninth inning. Cookie Rojas went down on strikes and Callison popped out to shortstop Harrelson. Gonzalez singled for the Phils’ fifth hit. Cardwell then retired Johnny Briggs on a line drive to right fielder Swoboda that ended the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory on Don’s shutout and Ron’s home run.