September 28, 1966: Shaw Blanks Cubs for DH Split
|Date: September 28, 1966|
|Mets starter: Bob Shaw|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Shaw|
|Key player(s): Bob Shaw, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Jones’ single|
The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Bob Shaw pitched a six-hit shutout on a 1-0 Mets win over Chicago.
Shaw set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Cubs’ starter Rich Nye hurled a scoreless bottom half and Ron Santo singled to lead off the top of the second. Lee Thomas hit a single to advance Santo to third base. John Boccabella drew a walk to load the bases and Ron Campbell fouled out to third baseman Jerry Grote. Joey Amalfitano was retired on a line drive to shortstop Bud Harrelson, who threw to Grote for an out on Santo and an inning-ending double play. Nye then yielded only a single to Hawk Taylor in the bottom half.
Shaw pitched a perfect top of the third. Nye shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Santo hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth. Thomas was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Ron Swoboda. Boccabella followed with a grounder on which Grote tagged Santo for the inning’s third out. With one out in the bottom half, Swoboda walked and Danny Napoleon singled to right field. Taylor flied out to center fielder Jimmy Stewart and a passed ball by catcher Boccabella moved the runners to second and third base. Grote was walked intentionally to load the bases. Nye then got Shaw to ground out to shortstop Campbell and finish off the inning.
Shaw retired all three Chicago batters in the top of the fifth. Nye set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Bob surrendered only a walk to Billy Williams in the top of the sixth. Jim Hickman hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Swoboda flied out to right fielder Williams and a foul pop-up by Napoleon was caught by first baseman Thomas. With Taylor at bat, Hickman stole second base. Nye then got Taylor on a fly ball to left fielder Bob Raudman for the inning’s third out.
Shaw gave up just a single to Thomas in the top of the seventh. Grote singled to begin the bottom half. Jerry went to second base on Shaw’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Harrelson’s ground out to second baseman Amalfitano. Ed Bressoud drew a walk and Cleon Jones hit a single that scored Grote for a one-run Mets lead. Nye then got Hickman on a force play ground ball to third baseman Santo to close out the inning.
Amalfitano doubled to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter George Altman went down on strikes and Stewart drew a walk. Raudman hit a force play grounder to Harrelson and a fly ball by Williams was caught by Swoboda to end the inning. Cubs’ reliever Bill Hands then set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.
Santo grounded out to second baseman Chuck Hiller to open the top of the ninth. Thomas doubled for the sixth Chicago hit and Boccabella grounded out to Harrelson. Shaw then retired Campbell on a foul pop-up to third baseman Bressoud for the game’s final out. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader on Bob’s shutout.