August 26, 1968: McAndrew Shuts Out Cardinals
|Date: August 26, 1968|
|Mets starter: Jim McAndrew|
|Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew|
|Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones' sacrifice fly|
The Mets faced the first place Cardinals on a Monday night in St. Louis. Jim McAndrew recorded his first major league win with a complete game shutout against the defending World Champions. The Mets defeated the Cards, 1-0.
McAndrew and St. Louis starter Steve Carlton matched each other with five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. In the top of the eighth, Tommie Agee led off with a single and moved to second base on Phil Linz's sacrifice bunt. After stealing third, Agee scored on a sacrifice fly by Cleon Jones to put the Mets in front. McAndrew protected the lead by retiring the Cardinals in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the ninth, Jim again set down the Cards 1-2-3 to end the game. He got Roger Maris to fly out to center fielder Agee for the final out. The Mets had a victory over the National League's top team with McAndrew's first win.