September 30, 1967: Rohr Leads Shutout of Dodgers

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Date: September 30, 1967
Mets starter: Les Rohr
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Les Rohr
Key player(s): Les Rohr, Ron Swoboda, Joe Moock, Ken Boswell
Key play: Swoboda’s and Moock’s singles, Boswell’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the penultimate game of the regular season. Les Rohr pitched eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 Mets win.

Bob Heise got a bunt single against Dodgers’ starter Don Drysdale to lead off the top of the first. Ken Boswell singled and Tommy Davis followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Tommy Dean. Ron Swoboda hit a single to drive home Heise and send Tommy Davis to third base. On his own hit, Swoboda advanced to second via an error by center fielder Willie Davis. Ed Kranepool was walked intentionally to load the bases. Joe Moock singled to score both Tommy Davis and Swoboda for a 3-0 Mets lead. Don Bosch lined out to Dean, who threw to first baseman Wes Parker for an out on Moock to complete an inning-ending double play. Rohr then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Drysdale yielded only a single to Jerry Grote in the top of the second. Rohr struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the inning and Tommy Davis doubled to open the top of the third. Swoboda flied out to right fielder Al Ferrara and an intentional walk to Kranepool ensued. Moock was called out on strikes and Bosch reached on second baseman Luis Alcaraz’s error that allowed Tommy Davis to score the Mets’ fourth run. Drysdale threw a called third strike past Grote to close out the inning. Rohr then set down the Dodgers on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Boswell connected for his first major league homer to increase the Mets’ lead to five runs. Tommy Davis grounded out to Alcaraz to end the inning and Lou Johnson singled to begin the bottom half. Ferrara hit a double play grounder to third baseman Moock and a called third strike was thrown past Bob Bailey to finish off the inning. Drysdale gave up just a double to Kranepool in the top of the fifth and Parker singled to open the bottom half. Jeff Torborg followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Boswell. Dean grounded out to Moock and an infield single by Drysdale sent Torborg to third. Rohr then got Willie Davis to ground out to first baseman Kranepool and end the inning.

Drysdale yielded only a double to Heise in the top of the sixth. Alcaraz and Johnson got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half. Ferrara took a called third strike and Bailey hit a ground ball to Moock for a double play that closed out the inning. Cleon Jones got an infield single to lead off the top of the seventh. With Swoboda at bat, Jones was caught by Drysdale’s pickoff throw and tagged out by Parker. Swoboda walked and Kranepool hit a force play grounder to Dean. Moock grounded out to Dean to finish off the inning and Rohr pitched a perfect bottom half. Drysdale retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth and Willie Davis singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Alcaraz went down on strikes and Johnson drew a walk. Rohr then retired Ferrara on a foul fly ball to left fielder Jones for the inning’s final out.

Los Angeles reliever Ron Perranoski hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Against New York’s Ron Taylor, Bailey grounded out to shortstop Heise to lead off the bottom half. Parker hit a single and pinch-hitter John Roseboro flied out to center fielder Bosch. Taylor then retired pinch-hitter Ron Fairly on a grounder to Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.

Notes

  • This was Salty Parker’s fourth and final win as Mets’ interim manager