June 27, 1967: Selma's Relief Holds Down Pirates

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Date: June 27, 1967
Mets starter: Dennis Bennett
Mets: 5
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Dick Selma
Key player(s): Dick Selma, Ron Swoboda, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Swoboda’s home run, Pagan’s nullified double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Dick Selma provided five and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief in a 5-2 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Maury Wills singled against Mets’ starter Dennis Bennett to lead off the top of the first. Manny Mota hit a single and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Roberto Clemente grounded out to second baseman Jerry Buchek to drive home Wills for a 1-0 Bucs lead. Donn Clendenon grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a walk to Bill Mazeroski followed. Gene Alley then grounded back to Bennett for the third out.

Harrelson got a single against Pittsburgh starter Woodie Fryman to begin the bottom of the first. Cleon Jones reached on shortstop Alley’s error and a single by Tommy Davis brought home Harrelson. Ron Swoboda connected for a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-1. Hawk Taylor was called out on strikes and Ed Charles fouled out to first baseman Clendenon. Fryman then got Ed Kranepool to ground out to second baseman Mazeroski and finish off the inning.

Bennett shut down the Bucs in the top of the second. Buchek got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Bennett singled and Fryman was replaced on the mound by Pirates’ reliever Vernon Law. Harrelson hit a sacrifice fly to score Buchek for a 5-1 Mets lead. Jones grounded to Alley for a force play and stole second base. Law then threw a called third strike past Davis to close out the inning.

Mota got a bunt single to begin the top of the third. Clemente took a called third strike and Clendenon singled. Mazeroski hit a single to plate Mota with the Bucs’ second run and Alley followed with a force play ground ball to Harrelson. Pagan doubled to drive home Clendenon and Alley. However, the two runs were taken away due to the fact that Pagan had batted out of turn and an out was called to end the inning. Law then yielded just a double to Charles in the bottom half.

Selma and Law each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. The Pirates failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the sixth and Harrelson singled against Pittsburgh reliever Pete Mikkelsen to lead off the bottom half. Jones grounded out to third baseman Wills and an intentional walk to Davis ensued. Swoboda flied out to center fielder Mota and a walk to Taylor loaded the bases. Mikkelsen then retired Charles on a fly ball to Mota for the inning’s final out.

Selma set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Mikkelsen hurled a perfect bottom half and Dick gave up only a triple to Wills in the top of the eighth. Bucs’ reliever Billy O’Dell retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Clemente grounded out to Buchek to open the top of the ninth. Clendenon drew a walk and Mazeroski was struck out. Selma then got Pagan (batting in his rightful spot) to line out to right fielder Swoboda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to close out the two-game set.

Notes

  • On this day, a filming for the movie The Odd Couple took place at Shea.