September 12, 1965: Selma Strikes Out 13 Braves

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Date: September 12, 1965
Mets starter: Dick Selma
Mets: 1
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Dick Selma
Key player(s): Dick Selma, Charley Smith, Bob Sadowski
Key play: Smith's single in 10th

The Mets played the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Looking to end an eight-game losing streak, the Mets had rookie Dick Selma on the mound. Selma struck out 13 batters and outdueled Milwaukee's Bob Sadowski for a 1-0 Mets victory in 10 innings.

Selma fanned seven Braves hitters in the first four innings of the game. He struck out the side in the top of the first and got Gene Oliver to lead off the second. Dick began the third inning with strikeouts of Sadowski and Rico Carty in keeping Milwaukee scoreless and fanned Eddie Mathews in the fourth. Meanwhile, Sadowski held the Mets to third-inning singles by Chris Cannizzaro and Chuck Hiller while pitching shutout ball.

From the fifth inning to the ninth, Selma and Sadowski continued their shutout battle. Dick allowed a single to Frank Bolling to lead off the top of the fifth. He retired the next three Milwaukee batters (including a strikeout of Sadowski) and set down the Braves in order in the sixth and seventh. Selma fanned four consecutive hitters during scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Sadowski matched Dick's effort by facing the minimum 15 batters over the same five-inning stint.

Selma fanned Sadowski to end a perfect top of the tenth inning. In the bottom half, Joe Christopher led off with a single and moved to second base on Ron Hunt's sacrifice bunt. Ron Swoboda's ground out advanced Christopher to third and Charley Smith came to bat. Smith singled off Sadowski to drive home Christopher and end the game. The Mets had triumphed to end their skid as Selma had his second career win with a 13-strikeout performance.

Notes

  • This was the Mets' final game against a Milwaukee-based Braves team. The Braves relocated to Atlanta the following year.