August 26, 1969: McAndrew Blanks Padres for DH Sweep

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Date: August 26, 1969
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 3
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Al Weis, Art Shamsky
Key play: Weis’s and Shamsky’s RBI singles

The Mets and Padres faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at San Diego Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Jim McAndrew pitched a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Joe Niekro gave up only a single to Tommie Agee in the top of the first inning. McAndrew hurled a scoreless bottom half and Ken Boswell singled to begin the top of the second. Ron Swoboda hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Van Kelly and moved to second base on Duffy Dyer’s ground out. Niekro retired Al Weis on a foul fly ball to right fielder Ollie Brown to end the inning. McAndrew then yielded just a single to Cito Gaston in the bottom half.

McAndrew and Agee got back-to-back singles to open the top of the third inning. Bobby Pfeil’s ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Cleon Jones drew a walk to load the bases and Art Shamsky flied out to left fielder Larry Stahl. Boswell was retired on a fly ball to Stahl that ended the inning and Roberto Pena hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Brown then hit a ground ball on which shortstop Weis threw to third baseman Pfeil for an out on Pena to finish off the inning.

Swoboda singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Dyer followed with a single on which Swoboda was out at third base via a throw by center fielder Gaston to Kelly. Niekro retired Weis and McAndrew on infield grounders to close out the inning and Kelly singled with two outs in the bottom half. Gaston was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Agee. With one out in the bottom half, Niekro doubled to left field. Jose Arcia grounded out to second baseman Boswell to send Niekro to third. McAndrew then retired Pena on a ground ball to Weis for the inning’s final out.

Shamsky and Boswell got consecutive singles to begin the top of the sixth. Swoboda hit a double play grounder to shortstop Pena and a walk to Dyer followed. Weis singled to score Shamsky and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Niekro threw a called third strike past McAndrew for the third out of the inning. Jim then set down all three San Diego batters in the bottom half.

Agee hit a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Tommie went to second base on Pfeil’s sacrifice bunt and Jones was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Nate Colbert. Shamsky singled to drive home Agee and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. Boswell was given an intentional walk and Swoboda fouled out to Colbert to end the inning. McAndrew then retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Niekro pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. McAndrew allowed only a single to Pena in the bottom of the inning. Leading off the top of the ninth, Jones singled against San Diego reliever Frank Reberger. Shamsky went down on strikes and Bud Harrelson flied out to Brown. Swoboda hit a single on which Jones went to third base. A passed ball by catcher Chris Cannizzaro allowed Cleon to come home with the Mets’ third run. Reberger then fanned Dyer to close out the inning.

Stahl grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to open the bottom of the ninth. Colbert was retired on a fly ball to Agee. McAndrew then got Kelly to fly out to right fielder Swoboda and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jim’s five-hit shutout to complete a doubleheader sweep.