June 13, 1966: Shaw Five-Hits Cards in DH Opener

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Date: June 13, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw
Key player(s): Bob Shaw, Hawk Taylor, Ken Boyer, Billy Murphy
Key play: Taylor’s and Murphy’s home runs, Boyer’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Cardinals in a doubleheader on a Monday evening at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-four-minute opener of the twinbill. In his first game as a Met, Bob Shaw pitched a five-hitter in the team's 5-2 win over St. Louis.

Phil Gagliano got a one-out triple in the top of the first inning. Curt Flood singled to score Gagliano and advanced to third base on a single by Tito Francona. Tim McCarver grounded out to third baseman Ken Boyer to bring home Flood for a 2-0 Cards lead. Shaw retired Mike Shannon on a ground ball to Boyer for the third out. Redbirds’ starter Al Jackson then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Shaw yielded only a single to Shannon in the top of the fourth. Jackson set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and drew a walk with one out in the top of the fifth. Al stole second base and Lou Brock flied out to center fielder Billy Murphy. Shaw retired Gagliano on an inning-ending line drive to Boyer. Jackson then held the Mets to a single by Shaw in the bottom half.

Shaw gave up just a single to Francona in the top of the sixth. Boyer hit a double with one out in the bottom of the inning. Ron Swoboda drew a walk and Hawk Taylor homered to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Ed Kranepool went down on strikes and Murphy hit a single. Jackson then got Roy McMillan to ground out to second baseman Jerry Buchek and end the inning.

After retiring the side in order in the top of the seventh, Shaw got a leadoff single against Jackson in the bottom half. Ron Hunt reached on an error by shortstop Buchek (who had shifted from second) and Al Luplow hit a grounder on which Jackson threw to third baseman Gagliano for an out on Shaw. Boyer singled to drive home Hunt and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Against Cardinals’ reliever Hal Woodeshick, Swoboda hit a force play ground ball to Gagliano. With Taylor at bat and a double steal taking place, Luplow got caught at home by second baseman Julian Javier’s throw to catcher McCarver for the inning’s final out.

Shaw pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Murphy hit a solo home run against St. Louis reliever Joe Hoerner with two outs in the bottom half. Hoerner retired McMillan on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Flood, who went down on strikes to open the top of the ninth. Shaw retired Francona on a foul pop-up to Boyer. Bob then got McCarver to fly out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.