May 2, 1968: Ryan and Taylor Shut Out Phillies

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Date: May 2, 1968
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Ron Taylor, Ed Charles
Key play: Charles’ home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Nolan Ryan and Ron Taylor combined for a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Ryan struck out the side in a scoreless top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Woodie Fryman yielded only a single to Cleon Jones in the bottom half and Nolan gave up just a single to Clay Dalrymple in the top of the second. Greg Goossen doubled to lead off the bottom half. Jerry Grote reached on third baseman Tony Taylor’s error and Fryman struck out the next three batters to end the inning. Ryan shut down the Phillies in the top of the third. Fryman then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Ryan surrendered only a walk to Dick Allen in the top of the fourth. Ron Swoboda drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Goossen went down on strikes and Grote singled. On the play, center fielder Tony Gonzalez made an error that allowed Grote to move to second base and Swoboda to score for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ed Charles followed with a homer that extended the New York lead to three runs. Fryman then retired Bud Harrelson on a fly ball to right fielder Johnny Callison and threw a called third strike Ryan to close out the inning.

Bobby Wine drew a walk to begin the top of the fifth. Fryman was struck out and Tony Taylor hit a single. Cookie Rojas grounded to third baseman Charles for an inning-ending double play and Fryman held the Mets to a single by Tommie Agee in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth, Allen walked and Gonzalez followed with a double play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson to finish off the inning. Fryman then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Dalrymple drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Johnny Briggs singled and Ryan fanned the next two batters to end the inning. Following a short rain delay, reliever John Boozer took the mound for the Phillies. Home plate umpire Ed Vargo caught Boozer putting his hand to his mouth three times and called a ball for each of them. Boozer and Phils’ manager Gene Mauch were ejected after arguing the decision. Philadelphia’s Dick Hall then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Ron Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Hall set down all three batters in the bottom half and Bill White lined out to left fielder Jones to begin the top of the ninth. Dalrymple was retired on a grounder to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Ron Taylor then got Roberto Pena to ground out to second baseman Phil Linz and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to close out the series.