August 22, 1965: Big Macs Deck Cards for Sweep
|Date: August 22, 1965|
|Mets starter: Tug McGraw|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): Tug McGraw, Roy McMillan, Ron Swoboda|
|Key play: McMillan’s triple in 5th, double play in 9th|
The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Tug McGraw recorded his first win as a major leaguer and Roy McMillan hit a run-scoring triple in a 4-2 Mets triumph over St. Louis.
McGraw shut down the Redbirds in the top of the first inning. Ron Hunt singled against Cards’ starter Ray Washburn to lead off the bottom half. McMillan’s sacrifice bunt advanced Hunt to second base and Chuck Hiller flied out to right fielder Mike Shannon. Johnny Lewis drew a walk and went to third on Ron Swoboda’s single that drove home Hunt. Ed Kranepool singled to score Lewis for a 2-0 Mets lead. Washburn then retired Joe Christopher on a line drive to Shannon for the third out of the inning.
Following a scoreless second, Dick Groat got a one-out single in the top of the third. Curt Flood fouled out to third baseman Hiller and a home run by Ken Boyer tied the game. Bill White singled and Phil Gagliano flied out to right fielder Christopher to end the inning. Washburn held the Mets to a single by McMillan in the bottom half. McGraw hurled a scoreless top of the fourth and Swoboda singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Washburn then struck out Kranepool and got Christopher to hit a ground ball to second baseman Gagliano for an inning-ending double play.
The Cardinals failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Hunt hit a two-out single in the bottom half. McMillan followed with a triple to score Hunt and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Hiller was retired on a fly ball to Shannon for the third out and McGraw set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the sixth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Lewis walked and Swoboda singled to left field. Kranepool followed with a grounder on which Washburn threw to third baseman Boyer for an out on Lewis. Christopher doubled to bring home Swoboda with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Cards’ reliever Don Dennis issued an intentional walk to Chris Cannizzaro that loaded the bases. Dennis then got McGraw on a double play grounder shortstop Groat to close out the inning.
McGraw and Dennis each retired the side in order in the seventh. Tug gave up only a single to White in the top of the eighth. Dennis pitched a perfect bottom half and Shannon was called out on strikes to open the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Ted Savage singled to left field. McGraw got Lou Brock to line out to shortstop McMillan, who then threw to first baseman Kranepool for an out on Savage and a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory on Tug’s first major league win and a sweep of the doubleheader.