August 28, 1965: Cisco and Jackson Blank Giants
|Date: August 28, 1965|
|Mets starter: Galen Cisco|
|Winning pitcher: Galen Cisco|
|Key player(s): Galen Cisco, Al Jackson, Roy McMillan|
|Key play: McMillan’s two singles|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Galen Cisco and Al Jackson combined for a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over San Francisco.
Dick Schofield singled against Cisco to lead off the top of the first inning. Tito Fuentes hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Roy McMillan and a double by Willie Mays ensued. On his own hit, Mays got caught between bases and was tagged by second baseman Ron Hunt for the inning’s third out. Leading off the bottom half, Hunt doubled off Giants’ starter Bob Shaw. Johnny Lewis hit a single and Ed Kranepool went down on strikes. Charley Smith was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Schofield. Shaw then fanned Joe Christopher to close out the inning.
Cisco set down the side in order in the top of the second. Ron Swoboda singled to begin the bottom half. Swoboda advanced to third base on John Stephenson’s single and scored on a single by McMillan. Cisco’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Hunt grounded out to Schofield to drive home Stephenson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Shaw then struck out Lewis to end the inning.
Cisco and Shaw each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Mays singled and went to second base on Cisco’s wild pitch. Jackson came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out Willie McCovey to finish off the inning. Swoboda singled against Shaw to open the bottom half. Ron stole second and moved to third on Stephenson’s bunt single. McMillan singled to bring home Swoboda with the third New York run of the game. Jackson’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. San Francisco reliever Masanori Murakami walked Hunt intentionally to load the bases. Murakami then struck out pinch-hitter Jim Hickman and retired Kranepool on a foul pop-up to catcher Tom Haller for the inning’s final out.
Jackson yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Jesus Alou in the top of the seventh. Murakami hurled a perfect bottom half and Jackson surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Orlando Cepeda in the top of the eighth. Giants’ reliever Gaylord Perry pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Mays took a called third strike to lead off the top of the ninth. McCovey also went down on strikes. Jackson then fanned Jim Ray Hart to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.