Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2, 1965: Gibby Sets'em Down At Shea

     On July 2, 1965, Bob Gibson struck out 13 Mets batters, as he led the way to a 6-3 Cardinals win at Shea Stadium in New York. While the score was close in this one, the Cardinals had control throughout. Gibby's heater was blazing by his opponents. He was provided with run support in the second when Tito Francona hit a two run shot off of Frank Lary, then watched the boys plate two more in the third to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. Gibby surrendered a run in the bottom of the third, which came after a pair of walks and a wild pitch. He put the misfortune behind him and went back to work by striking out the side in the fourth. Gibby did give up a run in the fifth, before the Birds came right back with a pair of run in the bottom of that inning to make it 6-2. From there Gibson cruised. He gave up just one hit over the course of the last three innings, which came in the ninth, when Chuck Hiller parked one in the seats with just one out to go in the ballgame. Gibson then picked up that one out, and his tenth victory of the campaign.

     Gibby would win 20 games for the first time in his career that season. He accomplished that feat four more times. He also struck out 270 men during the '65 campaign, which is just four shy of his career high, that came in 1970. He struck out more than 200 men in nine of his seventeen big league seasons, as he put together a resume that would forever be celebrated at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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