Apr 28, 2009

Today In Mets History: John Franco Earns 300th Save

On April 29, 1996 Mets reliever John Franco became the first left handed reliever to record 300 saves. Franco saved the game (his 5th of the year) for the games winning pitcher Pete Harnish, as the Mets beat the Expos 3-2 at Shea Stadium. Lance Johnson led the offensive attack with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, and Jeff Kent drove in the third run.

Franco gave up a hit in the 9th inning, and struck out two Expos en route to the historic save.

The Brooklyn born Franco would pitch in 51 games in 1996, going 4-3 with 28 saves and a solid 1.83 ERA. He would become the All Time Mets leader in saves with 276, and retire 3rd on the All Time list with 424 saves. He is still first among left handed relievers. He is also 3rd on the All Time list for games pitched with 1119, and first on the NL list.

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