May 1, 2009

Today in Mets History: 1980- Pete Falcone Makes MLB Strikeout History

May 1, 1980: Joe Torre's 5th place , 5-11 Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies to a measly crowd of just under 6000 fans at Shea. New Yorks own Pete Falcone took the mound with his 1-1 record and made Mets history. With all the great pitching the Mets have had through the years its Pete Falcone who holds the record for striking out the most consecutive batters to start a game. Falcone struck out the side in the first two innings, making it six straight, not only a Met record but he tied an MLB record. He pitched well that night allowing only 2 runs & 3 hits through 7 innings, but lost to Hall of Famer Steve Carlton 2-1.

These were Mets without much of an offense, Frank Tavares, Lee Mazzilli, Jose Morales, Dan Norman & Doug Flyn were all batting under .250. John Stearns & Eliot Maddox were briefly batting over .300, & Joel Youngblood was at .273, that was it, for the line up that night.

Falcone would go 7-10 with a 4.52 ERA & one save that year for the Mets. Falcone was more famous for being a cousin of long time Mets coach Joe Pignatano. Remember Piggys famous tomato plants in the bullpen? Brooklyns own- Falcone, Piggy, Torre & Mazzilli were all on the same team.

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