August 20, 1969: McAndrew Pitches Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: August 20, 1969
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 6
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Art Shamsky, Bobby Pfeil
Key play: Shamsky’s double and three-run homer

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 48,414 fans on hand. Jim McAndrew pitched a two-hit shutout as the Mets rolled to a 6-0 win over San Francisco.

McAndrew threw a called third strike past Bobby Bonds to begin the top of the first inning. Don Mason followed with a double and Willie Mays flied out to right fielder Art Shamsky. Willie McCovey was given an intentional walk and Ken Henderson hit a fly ball to Shamsky for the third out. Bobby Pfeil got a double with one out in the bottom of the inning. Cleon Jones went down on strikes and Shamsky doubled to drive home Pfeil. Giants’ starter Gaylord Perry walked Wayne Garrett and struck out Ed Kranepool to end the inning. McAndrew then retired all three San Francisco batters in the top of the second.

Bud Harrelson opened the bottom of the second inning with a single to left field. Duffy Dyer reached on an error by second baseman Mason. McAndrew took a called third strike and a single by Tommie Agee scored Harrelson for the Mets’ second run of the game. On the hit, Dyer was out on a throw by left fielder Henderson to third baseman Bobby Etheridge. Perry fanned Pfeil to close out the inning and McAndrew held the Giants to a triple by Mason in a scoreless top of the third. Perry then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth inning, McAndrew shut down San Francisco in the top of the fifth. Pfeil and Jones got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Shamsky hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Garrett doubled to center field and Perry was replaced on the mound by Giants’ reliever Ray Sadecki. Kranepool flied out to center fielder Mays to advance Garrett to third base. Wayne came home with the Mets’ sixth run on a triple by Harrelson. Sadecki got Dyer on a called third strike to end the inning and McAndrew hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom half, Pfeil singled for his third hit of the game. Sadecki then retired Jones on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Hal Lanier.

McAndrew and Sadecki each set down the side in order in the seventh inning. In the eighth, Jim again retired the Giants 1-2-3 and San Francisco’s Don McMahon pitched a perfect bottom half. Dave Marshall started the top of the ninth with a fly out to center fielder Agee. McCovey hit a fly ball to left fielder Jones for the second out of the inning. Henderson then flied out to Agee to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on McAndrew’s complete game two-hitter.