May 12, 1968: Selma Pitches Shutout Over Cubs

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Date: May 12, 1968
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 10
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Dick Selma
Key player(s): Dick Selma, Jerry Buchek, Greg Goossen
Key play: Buchek’s two-run single, Goossen’s two doubles

The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. Following a defeat in the opener, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game at Wrigley Field. Dick Selma pitched a five-hit shutout and singled three times in a 10-0 Mets win over Chicago.

After a scoreless first inning, Jerry Grote hit a double off Cubs’ starter Joe Niekro to open the top of the second. Greg Goossen fouled out to first baseman Dick Nen and a single by Jerry Buchek moved Grote to third. Tommie Agee hit a sacrifice fly that scored Grote for the first run of the game. Selma hit a single to advance Buchek to third. Bud Harrelson singled to bring home Buchek and send Selma to third. Ken Boswell grounded out to Nen to end the inning. Selma then held Chicago without a run in the bottom half.

Art Shamsky singled to begin the top of the third inning. With one out, Grote hit a single to advance Shamsky to third. Goossen doubled to score Shamsky and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Buchek singled off Chicago reliever Bill Stoneman to drive home Grote and Goossen. Stoneman retired the next two batters to close out the inning. Selma then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Selma and Stoneman each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Leading off the top of the sixth, Dick singled off Cubs’ reliever Bobby Tiefenauer. Selma advanced to second on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Boswell. Ken stole second and went to third on Shamsky’s ground out to Nen. Ron Swoboda hit a single to score Boswell with the Mets’ seventh run. Grote flied out to center fielder Adolfo Phillips to end the inning. Selma then retired three straight Chicago batters after a walk to Billy Williams in the bottom half.

Goossen singled begin the top of the seventh inning. Buchek hit into a force play and went to second on Agee’s ground out to third baseman Ron Santo. Selma got an infield single for his third hit of the game, moving Buchek to third. A passed ball by catcher Randy Hundley plated Buchek to make the score 8-0. Tiefenauer got Harrelson on a ground ball to second baseman Glenn Beckert for the third out. Al Spangler tripled off Selma with two outs in the bottom half. Dick then retired Don Kessinger on a grounder to second baseman Boswell to end the inning.

Boswell singled off the Cubs’ Ramon Hernandez to start the top of the eighth. Cleon Jones struck out and Swoboda hit a triple to bring home Boswell. Grote grounded out to Beckert and a double by Goossen scored Swoboda for the Mets’ tenth run. Buchek flied out to right fielder Lou Johnson to end the inning. Selma pitched a scoreless bottom half. Hernandez then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Nen grounded out to first baseman Goossen to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Bill Plummer flied out to right fielder Swoboda. Phillips hit a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader on Selma’s complete game shutout.