Jan 27, 2015

Remembering Mets History: Jon Matlack Tosses Back to Back Shut Outs (1977)

The 1977 Mets didn't give the fans much to cheer about. It was the beginning of one of the worst periods in Met history. During the middle of May left hander; Jon Matlack, gave New York something to cheer about, as he pitched back to back shut outs.

On Friday May 13, 1977 in front of 19,448 at Shea Stadium, Matlack threw a seven hit complete game shutout against the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. Matlack walked just one batter that night, while striking out four.

The Mets provided all their offense in the 1st inning as Lenny Randle led off Rick Rhoden. After a single by Ed Kranepool, Dave Kingman followed with a two run shot for his 8th HR of the season. The three runs were all Matlack would need on the night.

On May 18th, just five nights later, Matlack he went up against the San Francisco Giants; Jim Barr to tiny crowd of 7,000 on a Wednesday night at Shea. Barr was good only allowing one run through seven innings, but Matlack was better. He didn't allow any runs, didn't walk any body & struck out seven Giants on just five hits.

It was the tenth time in Mets history that pitchers had thrown back to back shut outs. Tom Seaver & Jerry Koosman had done it four times each up to that point & Jim McAndrew had done one time.

Lenny Randle came up big for Matlack once again, getting three hits and scoring both Mets runs. In the 3rd inning, Randle doubled and reached third on an error. He then scored on a wild pitch by Barr.

In the 8th inning, he singled and later scored on catcher Jerry Grote's base hit off pitcher; Gary Lavelle.

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