Friday September 12th 1969: If the 1969 Mets were not Amazing enough, tonight they showed how Gil Hodges team could pull a few more tricks out of their bag to win games.
They brought the greatest show in baseball to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, to sweep a double header. Not only did they sweep it, they won both games on 1-0 shut outs & their pitchers drove in the winning runs in both games. Amazing again!
At this point the Mets were on an eight game win streak & had taken over first place, now leading by two 1/2 games after this twin bill sweep. 19,303 showed up in Pittsburgh as Gil Hodges Mets (87-57) took on Larry Shepard's Pirates (76-66) in third place.
In the first game Jerry Koosman went the distance earning his 14th win of the year (14-9). Kooz would allow just three hits in this shut out performance while striking out four & walking three. His season ERA was now at 2.37. The only time he had any trouble was in the 2nd inning. The Pirates had the bases loaded with one out when Fred Patek grounded to third base, Bobby Pfeil got Roberto Clemente forced out at home. Kooz then struck out pitcher Bob Moose to end the inning. He never had more than one base runner on again.
In the top of the 5th Bobby Pfeil & Duffy Dyer both singled, putting two men on for Kossman. He then singled to right field bringing in Pfeil with the only run of the game.
In the night cap, it was the old man of the Mets staff Don Cardwell's time to shine. Cardwell who did both starting & relieving for the '69 Mets staff pitched his best game of the season on this night. It was a five hit shut out, where he struck out just three but walked just one in beating Pirates hurler Doc Ellis.
Early on, in the top of the 2nd Bud Harrelson doubled with two outs. Cardwell then singled to center easily scoring Harrelson with the games only run. Cardwell went to 7-9 on the season, his ERA was a fine 2.93 as well.