September 19, 1966: Shaw Blanks Astros in 10 Innings

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Date: September 19, 1966
Mets starter: Bob Shaw
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw
Key player(s): Bob Shaw, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Sembera’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Astros on a Monday night in Houston. The teams played the third of four games in a series at the Astrodome. Bob Shaw pitched a 10-inning four-hitter in a 1-0 Mets win.

Astros’ starter Chris Zachary set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the first. Shaw yielded just a single to Sonny Jackson in the bottom half and Zachary hurled a perfect top of the second. Shaw retired all three Houston batters on infield grounders in the bottom of the inning and singled with two outs in the top of the third. Bud Harrelson grounded out to first baseman Chuck Harrison to end the inning and Zachary hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Brock Davis followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Harrelson threw to third baseman Ken Boyer for an out on Zachary. Davis stole second base and Jackson drew a walk. Joe Morgan then grounded back to Shaw for the inning’s final out.

Shaw and Zachary each hurled perfect fourth and fifth innings. Zachary retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth and Shaw surrendered only a walk to Davis in the bottom half. Zachary set down the Mets 1-2-3 once again in the top of the seventh. Harrison got an infield single to begin the bottom of the inning. Rusty Staub followed with a force play ground ball back to Shaw. Bob then got John Bateman to hit a grounder to Harrelson for an inning-ending double play.

Zachary pitched yet another perfect inning in the top of the eighth. Shaw gave up just a walk to Norm Miller in the bottom half and Greg Goossen walked to lead off the top of the ninth. Shaw’s sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Shaun Fitzmaurice to second base and pinch-hitter Larry Elliot grounded out to second baseman Morgan. Zachary retired Chuck Hiller on a grounder to shortstop Jackson that ended the inning and Harrison singled with two outs in the bottom half. Staub drew a walk and Bateman grounded out to Shaw to finish off the inning.

Ed Kranepool hit a two-out single against Zachary in the top of the 10th. Cleon Jones doubled to send Kranepool to third base. With Jim Hickman at bat, Houston reliever Carroll Sembera threw a wild pitch that brought home Kranepool and gave the Mets a one-run lead. Sembera threw a called third strike past Hickman to close out the inning and Miller flied out to right fielder Al Luplow to begin the bottom half. Bob Aspromonte was retired on a grounder back to Shaw. Bob then got pinch-hitter Lee Maye to line out to second baseman Hiller and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory on Shaw’s four-hit shutout.