June 29, 1976: Lolich and Kingman Deck Cards

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Date: June 29, 1976
Mets starter: Mickey Lolich
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Mickey Lolich
Key player(s): Mickey Lolich, Dave Kingman
Key play: Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a game that lasted one hour and fifty-two minutes. Mickey Lolich pitched a three-hit shutout and Dave Kingman hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Don Kessinger hit a double with one out in the top of the first inning. Kessinger advanced to third base on Lolich’s wild pitch and Lou Brock went down on strikes. Ted Simmons drew a walk and Joe Ferguson hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the third out. Joe Torre got a two-out double in the bottom half. Kingman followed with a homer for a two-run Mets lead. Cards’ starter Pete Falcone then retired Mike Vail on a grounder to shortstop Kessinger to close out the inning.

Hector Cruz drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Mike Tyson singled and Falcone was struck out. Lolich fanned Kessinger to end the inning and Jerry Grote drew a walk to open the bottom half. Roy Staiger walked and Del Unser was called out on strikes. Lolich’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base before Harrelson flied out to left fielder Brock for the inning’s final out. Lolich held the Redbirds to a single by Kessinger in the top of the third. Falcone then surrendered just a walk to Kingman in the bottom half.

Lolich set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Falcone yielded only a double to Staiger in the bottom of the inning and Tyson reached on Harrelson’s error to begin the top of the fifth. Falcone went down on strikes and Jerry Mumphrey grounded out to third baseman Staiger. Kessinger was retired on a ground ball to Staiger for the inning’s final out and Falcone held the Mets to a single by Torre in the bottom half. Mickey retired the Cardinals on three straight grounders to second baseman Felix Millan in the top of the sixth. Vail singled to open the bottom of the inning. Grote hit a double play ground ball to Kessinger and a walk to Staiger ensued. Falcone then got Unser on a force play ground ball to Kessinger that finished off the inning.

Lolich gave up only a walk to Mike Anderson in the top of the seventh. St. Louis reliever Eric Rasmussen hurled a perfect bottom half and Mickey retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Rasmussen set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and Simmons went down on strikes to open the top of the ninth. Ferguson was retired on a ground ball to Staiger. Lolich then got Anderson to ground out to Staiger and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Mickey’s three-hitter.