Jun 13, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1965): Johnny Lewis Spoils Jim Maloney's No Hitter

Monday June 14, 1965: On this evening Casey Stengel's  New York Mets (21-39) already in last place, visited Crosley Field in Cincinnati to face Dick Sisler's Reds (31-26) who were tied for third place in the NL. 

A small crowd of just 5989 showed up to see the Mets, Frank Lary go up

against ace Jim Maloney. Maloney had won 23 games in 1963 (23-7) and would win 15 games or more for six straight seasons. 

In 1965 he was an All Star second best on his staff with a 20-9 record. Today would be a record setting day for Maloney, as he set down the Mets with a no hitter through nine innings.

Starting Lineups

In the 2nd inning, Maloney walked the Mets Ed Kranepool, the only base runner he would allow thru nine innings. In this incredible performance Maloney also struck out 18 Mets batters, 17 of them through the first nine innings. 

Trivia: Maloney is one of seven pitchers to strike out 18 batters in an extra inning game, with Nolan Ryan doing it three times.

The Mets pitcher, Frank Lary did a good job himself. Lary shut out the Reds through eight innings, allowing just five hits, with three strike outs & a walk. Lary a former veteran of the American League, was known as "the AL New York team killer". He had spent 11 years with the Detroit Tigers (going 123-110). 

Frank Lary came to the Mets in 1964, he went 2-3 then was traded to the Milwaukee Braves for Denis Ribrant. His contract was then purchased by the Mets again, for  1965.

Reliever, Larry Bearnarth came on for the Mets, in the 9th inning. He  pitched three scoreless innings himself, allowing two hits with a strike out & a walk.

In the top of the 11th inning, the Mets Johnny Lewis led off with a HR, spoiling the no hitter & the shut out as well, it was 1-0 Mets. Maloney did allow one more hit in the inning to short stop Roy McMillan. 

Bearnarth allowed a single to Frank Robinson in the home 11th but that was it, he earned the 1-0 win, with Maloney taking a heartbreaking loss.

Trivia: Maloney would pitch a no hitter in 1969 against the Houston Astros. The next dat The Astros Don Wilson would toss a no hitter against Maloney's Reds.

Johnny Lewis spent three years with the Mets, with 1965 being is best year, 15 HRs 15 doubles 45 RBIs while batting .245.

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