July 5, 1965: Parsons' Shutout Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: July 5, 1965|
|Mets starter: Tom Parsons|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Parsons|
|Key player(s): Tom Parsons, Ron Swoboda|
|Key play: Swoboda's two-run homer|
A crowd of 35,900 was on hand at Shea Stadium for a Monday afternoon doubleheader. The Mets defeated the Cubs in the opener and were in search of a sweep in the second game. In the nightcap, Tom Parsons pitched a six-hit shutout for a 3-0 Mets win.
Parsons limited Chicago to one hit over the first three innings of the game. Glenn Beckert led off the top of the first with a single and Tom retired the next three batters. The Cubs had a runner on base in the both second and third, but did not score against Parsons. Meanwhile, the Mets took a 2-0 lead when Ron Swoboda homered off Bill Faul with Ed Kranepool on base in the bottom of the second inning.
Parsons walked Ron Santo to start the top of the fourth. With George Altman at the plate, Santo was picked off first base on a throw by catcher Chris Cannizzaro. Tom shut down Chicago for the rest of the inning. In the bottom half, Cubs' reliever Bob Humphreys walked Jim Hickman with the bases loaded to force home the Mets' third run of the game.
In the fifth and sixth innings, Parsons pitched scoreless ball despite back-to-back singles by Altman and Doug Clemens. Chicago's Cal Koonce held the Mets to two singles in the bottom halves. Tom pitched a perfect seventh and set down three straight Cub batters after a double by Don Landrum in the top of the eighth inning. The Mets were retired in order by Ted Abernanthy in the bottom of the seventh and eighth.
In the ninth, Parsons pitched a 1-2-3 inning on three ground balls to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the twinbill at Shea. For Parsons, it was the first and only shutout of his major league career.