August 1, 1967: Shaw's Relief Shuts Down Astros

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Date: August 1, 1967
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 5
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Don Shaw
Key player(s): Don Shaw, Ed Charles, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Charles’ run-scoring singles, Shaw’s strikeouts in 5th

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night in Houston. The teams played the fourth match of a five-game series at the Astrodome. Don Shaw pitched five innings of scoreless relief as the Mets came away with a 5-1 win.

Astros’ starter Dave Giusti pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Norm Miller doubled against the Mets’ Don Cardwell to lead off the bottom half. Joe Morgan got a bunt single to advance Miller to third base. Morgan stole second and Jimmy Wynn went down on strikes. Rusty Staub grounded out to third baseman Ed Charles to drive home Miller with the first run of the game. Eddie Mathews was given an intentional walk and Bob Aspromonte drew a walk to load the bases. Cardwell then struck out John Bateman to end the inning.

John Sullivan began the top of the second with a double to right field. Charles singled to score Sullivan with the tying run and moved to second base on a throw. Phil Linz grounded out to shortstop Bob Lillis and a fly ball by Cardwell was caught by center fielder Wynn. Giusti issued a walk to Bud Harrelson and struck out Larry Stahl to finish off the inning. Cardwell then retired all three Houston batters in the bottom half.

Tommy Davis singled to open the top of the third inning. Ed Kranepool struck out and Ron Swoboda hit a single to center field. Sullivan grounded out to first baseman Mathews to move the runners to second and third base. Charles singled to score Davis and Swoboda for a 3-1 Mets lead. Giusti got Linz on an inning-ending fly ball to Wynn and a single by Morgan started the bottom half. Wynn drew a walk and Staub grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to put Astros runners at second and third. Mathews was walked intentionally to load the bases. Cardwell then got Aspromonte to hit a ground ball back to the mound for a double play that ended the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth, Giusti set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Miller singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Morgan drew a walk and Miller stole third base. Cardwell issued a walk to Wynn to load the bases and Shaw came in to pitch for New York. Don threw a called third strike past Staub for the inning’s first out. Mathews also went down on strikes. Shaw then got Aspromonte looking at a third strike to close out the inning and keep the Mets’ two-run lead intact.

Shaw and Giusti each pitched scoreless and hitless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. Swoboda hit a triple with one out in the top of the eighth. An ensuing single by Sullivan scored Swoboda to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Sullivan was caught stealing on catcher Bateman’s throw to second baseman Morgan. Giusti threw a called third strike past Charles to end the inning. In the bottom half, pinch-hitter Doug Rader got a one-out single against Shaw. Aspromonte followed with a single to left field. Don then got Bateman to hit a ground ball to Charles for an inning-ending double play.

Linz doubled to lead off the top of the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by Shaw advanced Linz to third base. Harrelson singled to bring home Linz with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. With Cleon Jones at bat against Houston reliever Carroll Sembera, Harrelson stole second. Sembera then got Jones on a called third strike and retired Davis on a grounder to Lillis for the final out of the inning.

Lillis flied out to left fielder Tommie Reynolds to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Julio Gotay went down on strikes and Ron Davis singled to left field. Morgan drew a walk to keep the Astros’ chances alive. Shaw then got Wynn on a force play grounder to second baseman Linz to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Shaw’s solid relief to stop a six-game losing streak.

Notes

  • This was the 300th win for the Mets in their history.