May 27, 1972: McAndrew's Six-Hitter Shuffles Cards

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Date: May 27, 1972
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Jerry Grote, Tommie Agee
Key play: Grote’s and Agee’s two-run singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday night in St. Louis. The teams played the second of four games in a holiday weekend series. Jim McAndrew hurled a six-hitter in a 4-1 Mets win over the Redbirds.

McAndrew and the Cards’ Al Santorini each allowed two singles in pitching scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Cleon Jones hit a double to lead off the top of the fifth. John Milner drew a walk and Wayne Garrett singled to load the bases. Jerry Grote followed with a single that drove home Jones and Milner for a 2-0 Mets lead. McAndrew’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Bud Harrelson loaded the bases. Santorini struck out both Jim Fregosi and Tommie Agee to end the inning. McAndrew then yielded just a single to Santorini in the bottom half.

Santorini set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Ted Sizemore got a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Sizemore moved around to third base on Matty Alou’s and Joe Torre’s infield ground outs and came home on a single by Ted Simmons, cutting the Mets’ lead to 2-1. McAndrew then struck out Bernie Carbo to finish off the inning.

Garrett drew a walk against Santorini to open the top of the seventh. Grote singled and St. Louis reliever Tony Cloninger hit McAndrew with a pitch to load the bases. Harrelson hit a ground ball on which third baseman Torre threw to catcher Simmons for an out at home on Garrett. Fregosi went down on strikes and Agee singled to score Grote and McAndrew with the Mets’ third and fourth runs of the game. The Cardinals’ Charlie Hudson walked Rusty Staub to reload the bases and retired Jones on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Sizemore. McAndrew then pitched a perfect bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Redbirds’ reliever Moe Drabowsky in the top of the eighth. McAndrew gave up just a single to Sizemore in the bottom of the inning and Drabowsky set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Sizemore grounded out to first baseman Jones to begin the bottom half. Carbo was retired on a line drive to second baseman Garrett. McAndrew then got Luis Melendez to ground out to third baseman Fregosi and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Jim’s six-hit complete game.