September 11, 1968: McAndrew Leads Shutout of Cubs

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Date: September 11, 1968
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 1
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Jerry Grote
Key play: Grote’s double in 4th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Jim McAndrew pitched eight and one-third innings of two-hit scoreless ball in a 1-0 Mets win.

McAndrew and Chicago’s Ferguson Jenkins each hurled three scoreless innings to start the game. Jim recorded four strikeouts in holding the Cubs hitless while Jenkins fanned five batters and limited the Mets to singles by Ken Boswell and Jerry Grote. With one out in the top of the fourth, J. C. Martin doubled to center field. Ed Kranepool flied out to left fielder Billy Williams and a double by Grote scored Martin for a one-run Mets lead. Jenkins got Ron Swoboda on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger and a single by Glenn Beckert opened the bottom half. Williams followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Boswell. McAndrew then retired Ernie Banks on a fly ball to left fielder Kranepool to close out the inning.

From the fifth inning to the eighth, McAndrew and Jenkins combined for six strikeouts in pitching scoreless ball. The only hit for either side during the four-inning stretch was a single by Martin in the top of the sixth. Jenkins set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth and McAndrew threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Al Spangler to begin the bottom half. Kessinger singled for the Cubs’ second hit of the game. Beckert reached on an error by third baseman Jerry Buchek that allowed Kessinger to move to third. McAndrew was replaced on the mound by Bill Short, who got Williams to pop out to Buchek. Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce then retired Banks on a pop-up to Boswell that ended the game. The Mets had a victory on a two-hit shutout.