June 11, 1966: Ribant Blanks Reds on Five Hits

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Date: June 11, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 4
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Dennis Ribant
Key player(s): Dennis Ribant, Johnny Lewis, John Stephenson
Key play: Helms’ error, Mets’ RBI singles, Lewis’s home run

The Mets and Reds faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and fifteen-minute opener of the twinbill. Dennis Ribant pitched a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Ribant and the Reds’ Milt Pappas each hurled three innings of two-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Dennis set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Ed Kranepool singled with one out in the bottom half. John Stephenson hit a single and advanced to second base via an error by third baseman Tommy Helms that allowed Kranepool to score. Ron Swoboda singled to drive home Stephenson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ed Bressoud was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Gordy Coleman. Pappas then got Ribant to fly out to center fielder Vada Pinson and finish off the inning.

Ribant yielded just a double to Johnny Edwards in the top of the fifth. Johnny Lewis got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Lewis moved to second base on Ron Hunt’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a single by Al Luplow. Ken Boyer lined out to Pinson and a strikeout of Kranepool ended the inning. Ribant shut down the Reds in the top of the sixth. Pappas then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

Ribant gave up only a single to Edwards in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Lewis homered against Cincinnati reliever Ted Davidson for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Davidson got Hunt to foul out to catcher Edwards and fanned Luplow to close out the inning. Pete Rose got a one-out single for the Reds’ fifth hit in the top of the eighth. Ribant got Pinson to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Hunt and struck out Coleman to end the inning. Davidson then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Ribant fanned Deron Johnson to start the top of the ninth. Helms was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. Dennis then got Leo Cardenas to foul out to Kranepool and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to begin the doubleheader.