July 22, 1966: Friend Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: July 22, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Friend
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Friend
Key player(s): Bob Friend, Ron Hunt, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Hunt’s RBI single, Swoboda’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Bob Friend pitched the 36th and final shutout of his 16-season career in a 3-0 Mets win.

Friend and the Dodgers’ Claude Osteen each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Ed Kranepool singled to lead off the top of the third. Kranepool advanced to second base on Friend’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Ron Hunt for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ed Bressoud hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Maury Wills. Osteen retired Cleon Jones on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman John Kennedy. Friend then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Osteen hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Willie Davis and John Roseboro got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning. Lou Johnson hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Bressoud that ended the inning and Kranepool got a one-out bunt single in the top of the fifth. A sacrifice bunt by Friend moved Ed to second base and Hunt was retired on a grounder to Wills to close out the inning. Bob then retired all three Los Angeles batters on infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Bressoud doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Jones was called out on strikes and Ron Swoboda singled to send Bressoud to third base. On his own hit, Swoboda went to second via a throw. Osteen threw a called third strike past Larry Elliot and retired Jerry Grote on an inning-ending grounder to Kennedy. With one out in the bottom half, Jim Barbieri hit a single to right field. Barbieri stole second and Wills grounded out to Friend. Bob then got Willie Davis on a line drive to right fielder Elliot for the inning’s third out.

Osteen shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Friend pitched a scoreless bottom half and Bressoud drew a walk to begin the top of the eighth. Jones’ sacrifice bunt advanced Bressoud to second base and Swoboda homered to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Osteen retired Elliot on a line drive to left fielder Johnson and struck out Grote to end the inning. Barbieri and Wills got consecutive singles with two outs in the bottom half. Friend then got Willie Davis to ground out to second baseman Hunt and finish off the inning.

Dodgers’ reliever Ron Perranoski pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Roseboro singled to open the bottom half. Johnson grounded out to Bressoud and a strikeout of Ron Fairly followed. Friend then retired pinch-hitter Tommy Davis on a pop-up to shortstop Roy McMillan to bring the game to an end. The Mets had won their seventh in a row as Bob chalked up his last shutout.