June 11, 1968: Selma Hurls Five-Hit Shutout

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Date: June 11, 1968
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Dick Selma
Key player(s): Dick Selma, Greg Goossen, Ron Swoboda, Jerry Buchek
Key play: Goossen’s and Buchek’s singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Dick Selma pitched a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Ed Charles reached on third baseman Ken Boyer’s error to lead off the top of the second. Ron Swoboda singled to send Charles to third base and Jerry Buchek was called out on strikes. Greg Goossen hit a single to bring home Charles for a 1-0 Mets lead. Dodgers’ starter Claude Osteen got Al Weis on a ground ball to second baseman Paul Popovich for an inning-ending double play. Selma then gave up just a single to Tom Haller in the bottom half.

Selma singled to open the top of the third. Dick moved to second base on Don Bosch’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Phil Linz’s ground out to Popovich. Osteen retired Jerry Grote on a foul pop-up to first baseman Wes Parker to close out the inning and Zoilo Versalles singled to begin the bottom half. Selma recorded outs on each of the next three Los Angeles batters and Osteen shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Dick then yielded only a double to Ron Fairly in the bottom of the inning.

Osteen hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Selma set down the side in order in the bottom half and Linz got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Grote singled and Charles reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to load the bases. Swoboda reached on Boyer’s second error of the game to drive home Linz. Buchek followed with an infield single that scored Grote and increased the Mets’ lead to three runs. On the play, Swoboda came off second base and was tagged out by Popovich. Osteen struck out Goossen to end the inning. Selma then retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Osteen held the Mets to a single by Weis in the top of the seventh. Haller singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Fairly went down on strikes and Boyer drew a walk. Popovich hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Linz and a strikeout of Versalles ended the inning. Grote singled against Osteen with one out in the top of the eighth. Charles followed with a single off Dodgers’ reliever John Purdin to advance Grote to third base. Purdin got Swoboda to line out to Boyer and retired pinch-hitter Art Shamsky on an inning-ending pop-up to Parker. Selma then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Los Angeles reliever Mudcat Grant hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Len Gabrielson flied out to center fielder Bosch to begin the bottom of the inning. Haller singled for the Dodgers’ fifth hit. Selma then got Fairly on a grounder to Linz for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a victory on Dick’s shutout.