July 29, 1965: Cisco Blanks Cubs in Rout

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Date: July 29, 1965
Mets starter: Galen Cisco
Mets: 14
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Galen Cisco
Key player(s): Galen Cisco, Johnny Lewis, Charley Smith
Key play: Smith’s two-run single, Cisco’s two singles, Lewis’s two homers

The Mets and Cubs played a doubleheader on a Thursday afternoon. In the opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field, the Mets looked to end a four-game losing streak. Galen Cisco pitched a shutout and scored three runs in a 14-0 Mets win over Chicago.

In the top of the first inning, Roy McMillan got a one-out single against Cubs’ starter Cal Koonce. An ensuing double by Johnny Lewis advanced McMillan to third base. Charley Smith singled to drive home McMillan and Lewis for the first two runs of the game. Koonce got Ed Kranepool to hit a ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger for an inning-ending double play. The Cubs loaded the bases on a single, a walk and an error with two outs in the bottom half. Cisco then fanned Ed Bailey to close out the inning.

Ron Swoboda reached second base on an error by right fielder Billy Williams to begin the top of the second. Gary Kolb hit a double to score Swoboda and moved to third base on Chris Cannizzaro’s ground out to Kessinger. Koonce issued a walk to Cisco and was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Billy Hoeft, who retired Chuck Hiller on a popped-up bunt to first baseman Ernie Banks. McMillan drew a walk to load the bases. Lewis reached on an error by left fielder Jimmy Stewart that allowed Kolb and Cisco to come home. On the play, Kessinger made an error on which McMillan scored the Mets’ sixth run and Lewis went to third. Hoeft got Smith on a grounder to third baseman Ron Santo to end the inning. Cisco then retired the Cubs in order on three ground balls in the bottom half.

Cisco and Hoeft each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Lewis hit a home run with one out to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Hoeft retired Smith and Kranepool on consecutive fly balls to Stewart to end the inning. Kessinger got a one-out single in the bottom half. Cisco then struck out pinch-hitter George Altman and threw a called third strike past Stewart for the inning’s final outs.

Kolb drew a walk against Cubs’ reliever Bob Hendley with one out in the top of the sixth. Kolb stole second base and Cannizzaro drew a walk. A single by Cisco scored Kolb. On the hit, center fielder Doug Clemens made an error that allowed Cannizzaro to come home and Cisco to move to second base. Galen advanced to third on Hiller’s ground out to second baseman Glenn Beckert. McMillan reached on an error by Beckert as Cisco scored for a 10-0 Mets lead. Lewis singled to send pinch-runner Bobby Klaus to third and Hendley struck out Smith to end the inning. Cisco then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless seventh inning, Cisco singled to lead off the top of the eighth. An ensuing double by Hiller advanced Cisco to third base. Hendley threw a wild pitch that allowed Galen to score and Hiller to move to third. After catcher Bailey dropped a foul pop-up by Klaus for the Cubs’ sixth error, Bobby drew a walk. Lewis hit a three-run homer to extend that Mets’ lead to fourteen runs. Smith drew a walk and Hendley was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Bob Humphreys, who got Kranepool on a ground ball to Beckert for a double play. Humphreys retired Swoboda on a pop-up to Kessinger for the third out. Cisco then set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Cubs’ reliever Lindy McDaniel held the Mets to a single by Cannizzaro in a scoreless top of the ninth. Clemens flied out to right fielder Lewis to open the bottom half. Williams was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Klaus. Cisco then got Banks to hit a grounder to Klaus that ended the game. The Mets had an easy victory on Galen’s shutout to begin the doubleheader.