June 21, 1966: Shaw Four-Hits Cards

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Date: June 21, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw
Key player(s): Bob Shaw, Al Luplow, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Luplow's RBI groundout, Swoboda's single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The teams played a two-hour and fifteen-minute game. Bob Shaw hurled a four-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Shaw and the Cards' Tracy Stallard each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Bob gave up only singles to Phil Gagliano and Jerry Buchek while his teammates were held to a walk to Ed Kranepool by Stallard. Chuck Hiller singled to open the top of the fourth. Ken Boyer hit a single and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Al Luplow grounded out to shortstop Dal Maxvill to drive home Hiller. Ron Swoboda followed with a single to plate Boyer for a 2-0 Mets lead. Stallard retired Kranepool on a grounder to second baseman Buchek and threw a called third strike past Ed Bressoud to end the inning. Shaw then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Stallard and Shaw each yielded only a single (to Cleon Jones and Gagliano, respectively) over the fifth and sixth innings. St. Louis reliever Curt Simmons gave up just a single to Jerry Grote in the top of the seventh and Tim McCarver slugged a solo home run with one out in the bottom half. Mike Shannon lined out to center fielder Jones and a called third strike was thrown past Buchek. Simmons retired all three batters in the top of the eighth and Shaw did the same in the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals' Hal Woodeshick then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Shaw got Gagliano on a called third strike to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Curt Flood was retired on a ground ball back to Shaw. Bob then struck out Tito Francona to end the game. The Mets had their first victory ever at the new Busch Memorial Stadium.