June 24, 1969: McAndrew and Taylor Blank Phils for Sweep

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Date: June 24, 1969
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Ron Taylor, Art Shamsky, Tommie Agee
Key play: Shamsky’s single, Agee’s home run

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Jim McAndrew and Ron Taylor combined on a two-hitter in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

McAndrew retired the side in order in each of the first three innings. Phils’ starter Jerry Johnson gave up only a single to Tommie Agee in pitching scoreless bottom halves. McAndrew set down the Phils 1-2-3 again in the top of the fourth. Agee reached on an error by shortstop Terry Harmon to begin the bottom of the inning. Ken Boswell hit a single and Art Shamsky singled to drive home Agee. Wayne Garrett singled to score Boswell and send Shamsky to third base. A sacrifice fly by Ed Kranepool brought home Shamsky and a single by J. C. Martin ensued. Rod Gaspar was walked intentionally to load the bases and McAndrew drew a walk to force home Garrett for a 4-0 Mets lead. Johnson was then replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever Al Raffo, who got Bud Harrelson to hit a grounder back to the mound for an inning-ending double play.

McAndrew hurled a perfect top of the fifth inning. Agee hit a single to begin the bottom half. Boswell grounded to second baseman Cookie Rojas for a double play and Raffo retired Shamsky on a fly ball to center fielder Larry Hisle for the third out of the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Harmon singled for the Phillies’ first hit (and baserunner) of the game. Pinch-hitter Vic Roznovsky followed with a single that advanced Harmon to third base. McAndrew threw a called third strike past Hisle and got Rojas on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson that finished off the inning. Philadelphia reliever Turk Farrell then yielded only a single to Garrett in the bottom half.

McAndrew retired the Phils on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Gaspar singled and was out at second base on right fielder Ron Stone’s throw to Harmon. McAndrew went down on strikes and Harrelson was retired on an inning-ending grounder to Rojas. In the top of the eighth, McAndrew set down all three Phillies batters for the seventh time in the game. Agee homered for the Mets’ fifth run to begin the bottom half. Boswell flied out to left fielder Johnny Briggs and a walk to Shamsky ensued. Farrell then struck out Garrett and retired Kranepool on a fly ball to Stone to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Taylor threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Dave Watkins to open the top of the ninth. Hisle also went down on strikes. Taylor then got Rojas to ground out to second baseman Boswell and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an outstanding shutout victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.