August 27, 1968: Selma and Agee Put Away Cards

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Date: August 27, 1968
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Dick Selma
Key player(s): Dick Selma, Tommie Agee
Key play: Agee’s homer and single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Dick Selma pitched a shutout and Tommie Agee drove in three runs in a 4-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Cards’ starter Larry Jaster retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Selma hurled a perfect bottom half and Ed Charles drew a walk to open the top of the second. Ron Swoboda flied out to center fielder Curt Flood and a single by Jerry Grote ensued. Al Weis hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Dal Maxvill. Ed Kranepool walked to load the bases and Jaster got Selma on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Mike Shannon. Dick then yielded only a single to Tim McCarver in the bottom half.

Agee hit a home run to lead off the top of the third. Jaster set down the next three Mets batters on outfield fly balls and Selma pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Swoboda doubled against Jaster to begin the top of the fourth. Grote followed with a single to bring home Swoboda for a 2-0 Mets lead. On his own hit, Grote advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. St. Louis reliever Wayne Granger retired Weis on a foul pop-up to catcher McCarver and issued an intentional walk to Kranepool. Selma grounded out to Granger to move the runners to second and third. Agee singled to bring home both Grote and Kranepool, increasing the New York lead to four runs. Tommie stole second and went to third on McCarver’s throwing error. Granger struck out Phil Linz to finish off the inning. Flood and Bobby Tolan got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. Selma then recorded outs on each of the next three Redbird hitters to end the inning.

Granger gave up just a single to Cleon Jones in the top of the fifth. Selma retired the side in order in the bottom half and hit a two-out double against Cardinals’ reliever Dick Hughes in the top of the sixth. Hughes fanned Agee for the inning’s third out and Selma shut down the Cards in the bottom half. Hughes hurled a scoreless top of the seventh and Julian Javier singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Maxvill hit a single and pinch-hitter Johnny Edwards was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Selma then threw a called third strike past Lou Brock for the inning’s final out.

St. Louis reliever Ron Willis gave up only a single to Grote in the top of the eighth. Selma held the Cardinals to a single by Flood in the bottom half and Willis hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Shannon flied out to right fielder Swoboda to lead off the bottom of the inning. Javier was retired on a ground ball back to Selma. Dick then retired Maxvill on a fly ball to center fielder Agee to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory over the Redbirds for the second night in a row.