September 1, 1967: Cardwell Fans 11 in Shutout
|Date: September 1, 1967|
|Mets starter: Don Cardwell|
|Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell|
|Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Jerry Buchek|
|Key play: Phillips’ error, Cardwell’s single|
The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game of the twinbill. Don Cardwell struck out eleven batters in a complete game shutout as the Mets blanked Chicago, 3-0.
Cubs’ starter Ray Culp pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Cardwell threw called third strikes past Glenn Beckert and Ron Santo in a scoreless bottom half. Tommy Davis drew a walk to open the top of the second. Ron Swoboda and Jerry Buchek followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Phil Linz popped out to shortstop Don Kessinger. On Jerry Grote’s ensuing fly ball, center fielder Adolfo Phillips made an error on which Davis and Swoboda came home. Culp struck out Cardwell and Cleon Jones to end the inning and Ernie Banks lead off the bottom half with a double to left field. Cardwell caught Banks with a pickoff throw to second baseman Buchek and retired Randy Hundley on a pop-up to third baseman Ed Charles. Don then issued a walk to Ted Savage and fanned Phillips for the third out of the inning.
After setting down the Mets in order in the top of the third, Culp singled to start the bottom half. Cardwell struck out Kessinger and got Beckert to fly out to left fielder Davis. Billy Williams grounded out to first baseman Ed Kranepool to end the inning. With one out in the top of the fourth, Buchek hit a double and Linz followed with a walk. Grote was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Santo. Cardwell singled to drive home Buchek for the Mets’ third run. Jones hit a line drive to left fielder Williams to close out the inning. Cardwell then struck out Banks and Hundley to finish off a perfect bottom half.
Culp and Cardwell each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the eighth. The Mets were held to a double by Linz in the sixth while Don fanned five more Chicago batters and yielded only a seventh-inning single to Banks. Cubs’ reliever Pete Mikkelsen shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Beckert opened the bottom of the inning with a single to left field. Williams popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a fly ball by Santo was caught by center fielder Jones. Cardwell then got Banks to hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader on Don’s shutout.