August 11, 1967: Frisella Gets First Win, Reports for Duty

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Date: August 11, 1967
Mets starter: Danny Frisella
Mets: 3
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Danny Frisella, Don Shaw, Larry Stahl
Key play: Stahl’s single in 1st, Frisella’s double in 3rd

The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. Scheduled for military duty the next day, starting pitcher Danny Frisella had to leave the game early and report for his weekend assignment. The Mets finished off a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh, giving Frisella his first major league win while he was on his way to the National Guard.

Frisella shut down the Pirates on one hit in the top of the first inning. Against Bucs’ starter Dennis Ribant, Bud Harrelson led off the bottom half with a single and went to third base on an error by left fielder Manny Mota. Larry Stahl singled to score Harrelson for the first run of the game. Tommy Davis hit into a double play and Ed Kranepool flied out to Mota for the third out. Frisella and Ribant each pitched a perfect second inning. Danny then retired Pittsburgh in order again in the top of the third.

Jerry Grote singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Frisella followed with a double to bring home Grote. Harrelson fouled out to catcher Jerry May and a ground out by Stahl advanced Frisella to third base. Danny scored on May’s passed ball to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Davis then singled and Kranepool flied out to center fielder Matty Alou to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Frisella pitched his third consecutive 1-2-3 inning. Ribant limited the Mets to a double by Jerry Buchek in a scoreless bottom half. The Pirates scored a run in the top of the fifth when Bill Mazeroski crossed the plate on Jose Pagan’s double play grounder. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the inning despite two-out singles by Stahl and Davis. Pittsburgh had two runners on base with one out in the top of the sixth. Frisella retired Al Luplow and Willie Stargell on fly balls to center fielder Stahl to end the inning without a run. Bucs’ reliever John Gelnar then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mota hit a triple with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Pagan grounded out to second baseman Buchek to drive home Mota for the Pirates’ second run. Frisella walked May and was taken out of the game. With Danny on his way to the airport, Don Shaw came in to pitch for the Mets. Shaw was facing pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon when catcher Grote threw out pinch-runner Manny Sanguillen at second base on a steal attempt for the third out. The Mets were then held scoreless by Pittsburgh reliever Elroy Face in the bottom half.

Shaw retired the Bucs 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Face got Kranepool on a foul pop-up to catcher Sanguillen to open the bottom of the inning. Ron Swoboda followed with a bunt single. Ed Charles flied out to right fielder Luplow. Face then fanned Buchek for the third out.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shaw struck out pinch-hitter Gene Alley. Stargell reached second base on Stahl’s error. Mazeroski struck out and Mota drew a walk. Shaw then got pinch-hitter Roberto Clemente to hit a grounder in front of the plate. Grote fielded the ball and threw to first baseman Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a victory over the Pirates with the military-bound Frisella getting his first win as a major leaguer.