A Day When Pitchers Hitting Ruled

Mandatory Credit: dailyspeculations.com

Mandatory Credit: dailyspeculations.com

Earlier this season, the Mets’ offense was horrific. This was before David Wright came back, and the trade for slugging outfielder (and kinda, sorta MVP candidate) Yoenis Cespedes came about.

Steven Matz came up and made his first start in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. Matz went 7.2 innings of five-hit, two-run ball. He also went 3-for-3, with four RBI as the Mets won 7-2.

Why do I bring this up?

Back in 1969, the Mets were on a run, akin to what this year’s Mets are doing. Though we don’t know what the outcome of this year’s team is going to be, the ’69 Mets, like this year’s team is built on the strength of their pitching, and up until August 1st, not a lot of offense.

On this date in 1969, the Mets played a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea Stadium.

The Mets swept the doubleheader by identical 1-0 scores. Jerry Koosman threw a ¬†complete game, while Don Cardwell threw eight innings and each drove in the lone run, something that hadn’t been done before or since.

The wins were a part of a ten-game winning streak that helped propel the Mets into first place over the Chicago Cubs, something they wouldn’t relinquish.

Another cool thing? Both games COMBINED took four hours and 21 minutes. You’ll probably see a nine-inning game at some point this month go that long. (The Yankees and Red Sox do play this month)

It just goes to show, every time you watch a game, you never know what you may see. And the fans who went to that doubleheader 46 years ago saw a piece of history.

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