September 12, 1970: McAndrew Hurls Five-Hit Shutout

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Date: September 12, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Donn Clendenon, Ken Singleton, Tim Foli
Key play: Clendenon’s and Singleton’s sacrifice flies, Foli’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jim McAndrew pitched a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

McAndrew set down the side in order in each of the first three innings. Cards’ starter Jerry Reuss responded by hurling a trio of scoreless and hitless bottom halves. Julian Javier singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Joe Hague was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones. Joe Torre got a single on which Javier was out via a throw by shortstop Bud Harrelson to third baseman Tim Foli to end the inning. Jones hit a one-out triple in the bottom half. Donn Clendenon followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Reuss then issued a walk to Ken Singleton and retired Foli on a grounder to shortstop Dal Maxvill for the third out of the inning.

Jose Cardenal doubled to begin the top of the fifth. Carl Taylor was retired on a fly ball to Jones, who followed up with a throw to Foli for an out on Cardenal and a double play. Ted Simmons grounded out to second baseman Ken Boswell to finish off the inning and Reuss yielded only a single to McAndrew in the bottom half. Jim pitched a perfect top of the sixth and Clendenon drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Reuss then got Singleton to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Javier for the inning’s final out.

Javier singled to begin the top of the seventh. Hague lined to first baseman Clendenon for an unassisted double play and Torre drew a walk. McAndrew threw a called third strike past Cardenal to end the inning and Reuss gave up only a single to Foli (Tim’s first major league hit) in the bottom half. Simmons singled for the Redbirds’ fifth hit with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee. McAndrew then got pinch-hitter Leron Lee to ground out to Boswell and finish off the inning.

Agee singled against St. Louis reliever Reggie Cleveland to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Boswell’s sacrifice bunt advanced Agee to second base and Jones was given an intentional walk. Clendenon reached on an error by shortstop Ed Crosby to load the bases and Singleton hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Agee. Foli singled to score Jones (Tim’s first major league RBI) and increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. On the play, center fielder Cardenal made an error that allowed Clendenon to move to third and Foli to second. Cleveland then got Duffy Dyer to ground out to Crosby and end the inning.

Lou Brock went down on strikes to open the top of the ninth. Javier was retired on a fly ball to Agee. McAndrew then got Hague to foul out to right fielder Ron Swoboda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jim’s five-hitter.