June 10, 1966: Rusteck Shuts Out Reds in Debut

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Date: June 10, 1966
Mets starter: Dick Rusteck
Mets: 5
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Dick Rusteck
Key player(s): Dick Rusteck, Ed Bressoud
Key play: Bressoud's two home runs

The Mets began a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium on a Friday night. Dick Rusteck took the mound for the Mets in his first major league game. Rusteck did a masterful job holding down the Reds and Ed Bressoud hit two home runs as the Mets won, 5-0.

Rusteck kept Cincinnati hitless for the first four innings. After a one-out walk to Pete Rose in the first, Dick recorded outs on the next eleven Reds batters. He then gave up two singles in the fifth, but also got a double play grounder to keep Cincinnati from scoring.

As Rusteck dominated on the mound, his teammates gave him some run support. John Stephenson led off the bottom of the second with a single off Reds' starter Jim Maloney. Ron Swoboda was then hit by a pitch and Bressoud homered for a 3-0 Mets lead. Stephenson also drove home Ken Boyer with a third inning single to add another run for New York.

Rusteck allowed only two more Cincinnati singles over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Bressoud hit his second homer of the game off Reds' reliever Jack Baldschun in the bottom of the eighth. Rusteck then completed his four-hit shutout by retiring Cincinnati in order in the ninth. The Mets began the series with Rusteck's successful major league debut.