This Week in 1960s Baseball …
(September 1, 1967) – Extending his scoreless innings streak to 25, San Francisco Giants starter Gaylord Perry pitched 16 scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds but wasn’t around at game’s end to pick up the win as the Giants edged the Reds 1-0 in 21 innings.
The victory went to reliever Frank Linzy (6-6), who pitched the last five innings for the Giants, allowing no runs on two hits.
The losing pitcher was Bob Lee (2-3).
Both starters, Perry (11-15) and Mel Queen (11-6), were dominant while they were on the mound. Queen allowed eight hits over 9.1 innings, but struck out 10 Giants batters and walked only one. He was replaced in the tenth inning by Ted Abernathy, who pitched 3.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Don Nottebart in the fourteenth inning.
Perry allowed 10 hits over 16 scoreless innings, striking out 12 and walking two.
Through the first 13 innings, Willie Mays was the only Giants batter to reach second base, but was stranded there twice.
Nottebart pitched scoreless ball through the eighteenth, allowing only three hits in five innings. In the top of the twenty-first inning, Jim Ray Hart singled and Ollie Brown doubled, sending Hart to third. Lee, the Reds’ fourth pitcher, intentionally walked Lanier to load the bases with one out, and then unintentionally walked Dick Groat, forcing in Hart with the game’s only run.
Linzy retired the Reds in order in the bottom of the twenty-first inning, striking out Pete Rose and catcher Johnny Edwards to end the game.
Perry was coming off a 7-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers four days earlier, and would follow up five days later with a 2-0 shutout of the Houston Astros. Perry would run his scoreless streak to 40 innings, and finish the 1967 season at 15-17 with a 2.61 ERA.
He would pitch three complete game shutouts in 1967, though none as grueling as the 16-inning “shutout” that didn’t count.