July 21, 1970: McAndrew Trumps Kirby's No-Hit Bid

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Date: July 21, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 3
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Clay Kirby, Joe Foy
Key play: Mets’ run in 1st, Gaston’s pinch-hitting appearance in 8th, Foy’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night. The teams played the opener of a two-game series at San Diego Stadium. On Jim McAndrew’s shutout, the Mets overcame a no-hit bid by San Diego’s Clay Kirby for a 3-0 win.

Kirby walked Tommie Agee to open the top of the first inning. Agee stole second base and Bud Harrelson popped out to shortstop Steve Huntz. Ken Singleton drew a walk and an ensuing double steal put Mets runners at second and third base. Art Shamsky grounded out to second baseman Ron Slocum to drive home Agee with the first run of the game. Kirby struck out Cleon Jones to end the inning. McAndrew then retired the Padres in order in the bottom half.

From the second inning to the fifth, McAndrew and Kirby each pitched scoreless ball. Jim allowed doubles to Ed Spiezio and Al Ferrara in the third and fourth, respectively, and a fifth-inning single to Bob Barton in shutting down San Diego. Meanwhile, Kirby set down all New York batters except for a walk to Joe Foy in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, the Mets were retired in order by Kirby. McAndrew responded with a perfect bottom half. Wayne Garrett drew a walk with two outs in the top of the seventh. With Foy at bat, Garrett was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Barton to Slocum for the third out. McAndrew then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Foy drew a walk to lead off the top of the eighth. Joe stole second base and moved to third on Jerry Grote’s ground out to Huntz. McAndrew followed with a ground ball on which first baseman Nate Colbert threw to Barton for an out at home on Foy. Kirby threw a called third strike past Agee to close out the inning and keep the Mets hitless. McAndrew retired the first two Padres batters in the bottom half. Jim then fanned Cito Gaston (pinch-hitting for Kirby despite the no-hitter) for the third out.

Harrelson singled off San Diego reliever Jack Baldschun for the Mets’ first hit to start the top of the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Singleton moved Harrelson to second base. Shamsky was walked intentionally and Jones singled to load the bases. Garrett took a called third strike for the second out. Foy hit a single to left field that scored Harrelson and pinch-runner Mike Jorgensen. Baldschun then retired Grote on an inning-ending grounder to Huntz.

McAndrew got pinch-hitter Ramon Webster on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson to begin the bottom of the ninth. Huntz was fanned for McAndrew’s ninth strikeout. Jim then retired Ollie Brown on a pop-up to Harrelson for the game’s final out. After being held without a hit by Kirby for eight innings, the Mets had a victory on McAndrew’s three-hitter.