On July 30, 1968, Bob Gibson won his 12th straight game and recorded his 18th complete game of the season with a 7-1 win over the Mets, at Shea Stadium in New York. The victory was highlighted by a five run fifth inning by the Cardinals. The one run allowed was just the third run allowed by Gibson in 101 innings.
Coming into the day Gibson’s ERA sat at 0.96 and with the one run allowed it remained at that impressive mark. It seems that everything that Gibson did that season was impressive. I am sure the men on the Cardinals roster were happy it was their opponents that had to face him. Bob Gibson was the kind of player that one would lose a little sleep at night knowing that he would be toeing the rubber against them the next day.
Dick Selma got the call to pitch against Gibson in The Big Apple. He ran into trouble in the third when Maxvill tripled to lead off the inning. Curt Flood knocked in the shortstop on a groundout just a few minutes later to give the Cardinals a 1-0 early lead. Gibson rolled through the bottom of the third before the Cardinals offense exploded with the five run fifth.
The big inning began with the first five players reaching base before an out was recorded. Orlando Cepeda singled, Tim McCarver walked, Mike Shannon reached on an error, Javier singled in two runs, Maxvill singled in another, before Selma finally got an out when Bob Gibson flied out. That said, even Gibson’s out hurt the New York starter as it came in the form of a sac fly, which was followed by a groundout by Lou Brock that brought in Maxvill to score what proved to be the sixth run of the ballgame for the rockin’ Redbirds. Two of the five runs were not charged to Selma; however, the big inning spelled the end for the pitcher on that day.
The Mets did put a run on the board in the fourth after Ed Charles singled with two outs, then scored when Ed Kranepool followed him with a double. The run ended a streak of 23 scoreless innings thrown by Gibson, He would put that run behind him quickly and go right back to work retiring Larry Stahl to end the frame.
Bill Connors took over pitching duties for the Mets. He had clean innings in the fifth and sixth but ran into two-out trouble in the seventh. He allowed a double to Flood, surrendered a walk to Roger Maris, then Orlando Cepeda knocked in Flood with a single. The score was 7-1 and Gibson simply did his job the rest of the way.
The Cardinals hurler ran into a little trouble, allowing two runners in the eighth, but got out of that, then set Art Shamsky, Jerry Grote, and Jerry Buchek down in order in the ninth to end it. Once again, the day belonged to Gibson. He trotted off the mound having moved his record to 15-5. Gibson’s final line was nine innings pitched, five hits allowed, eight strikeouts, and one earned run surrendered. He was the most dominant man in all of baseball.
Check out the box score here: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196807300.shtml
Sources include: Baseballreference.com, The Schenectady Gazette, The St. Joseph Gazette, and The Toledo Blade
I dedicate this entry to the memory of my dog and best friend Hoss. He watched tons of ballgames with me and brought great joy to my life.
I will always carry him in my heart.
Always my Bubba
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