Jan 28, 2018

Remembering New York Giants History (1954): Giants Slug Six HRs & Don Mueller Hits For Cycle

Sunday July 11, 1954: In the opener of a doubleheader‚ at the Polo Grounds, Leo Durocher's first place New York Giants (57-26) pounded Fred Haney's last place Pittsburgh Pirates (26-55) 13-7.

Giants right fielder Don Mueller wasted no time, in the 1st inning he collected a double to drive home Whitey Lockman for a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd, Monte Irvin lead off with a HR, his 16th of the year. Later Wes Westrum singled. Whitey Lockman then connected for a two run HR, his 13th of the year. Alvin Dark then followed with a back to back HR, his 10th of the year, making it 5-0 Giants.

In the 3rd, Hank Thompson lead off with a HR. Willie Mays singled and after Monte Irvin grounded out, Davey Williams was hit by a pitch. Westrum then singled bringing in a run. Pitcher Sal Maglie bunted & reached base safely.

Next, Whitey Lockman's sac fly brought in another run. Al Dark then singled bringing in Westrum putting two men on base. Don Mueller then tripled to right field, bringing in two more run making it an 11-1 ball game.

In the 4th Willie Mays hit his 31st HR of the season making it 12-3. Mays on his way to the 1954 MVP Award, would also hit 41 HRs. On this day he raised his average to .331, he would win the batting title that year at .345.

In the 7th, Mueller completed his big day with a solo HR. Don Mueller had a huge day for himself, hitting for the cycle.  All in all Mueller went 4-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.

Sal Maglie would earn his 9th win of the year and Marv Grissom his 11th save. The Giants increased their lead to 5 ½ games over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the NL. Pittsburgh took the second game of the double header that day.

Jan 27, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1976) Mickey Lolich Tosses a Two Hitter

Sunday July 18th 1976: Tonight Joe Frazier's third place Mets (48-44) were hosting Dave Bristol's; fifth place Atlanta Braves (41-48). Carl Morton (0-6) (the 1970 NL Rookie of the Year) took on the Mets veteran Mickey Lolich (4-10). 

Lolich had come over from the Detroit Tigers, in a deal that sent the popular; Rusty Staub to the Motor City. 

Loilch's best days were behind him, back in the sixties /early seventies, he had been one of the game's best left hander's. In a deal that never made any sense, the Mets traded away Staub one of their biggest RBI guys on a team that didn't score many runs & brought in Lolich on a Mets team with a strong rotation. 

Starting Lineups

 Lolich had pitched a three hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals three weeks earlier but tonight he would be even better, his best outing as a New York Met. Lolich retired the Braves in order in the first two innings.

In the 3rd he gave up a single to veteran Darrel Chaney, drew a balk call but then retired Jerry Royster to end the inning. In the 4th he gave up another single, this time to "the toy cannon" Jimmy Wynn. 

Lolich would retire the next 17 of the next 18 batters without allowing a hit, completing a two hit shutout. Although he struck out just four, the left hander was outstanding. He walked no one in the two hit shut out performance. With all the bad press & unpopularity he received in New York, his ERA was just 2.69 although he was 5-10 at the time.

The Mets provided some offense on a Felix Millan RBI single & Dave Kingman's 32nd HR of the year. Kingman was on a pace to hit well over fifty HRs that year, but he would only play in 33 more games that season due to injury.

Lolich would win his next start & then put in a nine inning one run performance on July 29th, only to have the bullpen blow it for him.

Jan 24, 2018

Remembering Mets History (2004): Mike Cameron's Walk Off Hits

Saturday June 19th 2004: The previous evening the Mets had honored Mike Piazza as he set a HR record, for most HRs all time by a catcher. Cameron had come to bat in the bottom of the 9th, with the score tied at 2-2. 

He blasted a walk off HR off Tigers reliever Danny Patterson for the exciting win. In this next game it was Cameron once again who would provide the walk off heroics.

Today Art Howe's Mets (33-34) sent Al Leiter to the mound against Alan Trammel & the Detroit Tigers' (31-36) Jason Johnson. 

Starting Lineups

In the 1st inning, the Tigers got Leiter with two singles & a walk to start out the game. With the bases loaded Carlos Guillen hit a one out double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 2nd, Leiter got out of another bases loaded jam, as he got the pitcher, Jason Johnson to pop out.

In the home 2nd, The Mets got a run back, Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron & Jason Phillips all singled. Then Eric Valents fielders choice brought home Floyd. 

In the 8th, John Franco walked the Tigers Carlos Pena & the Omar Infante reached on a bunt base hit. Alex Sanchez grounded out, bringing in Pena with the third run, it was 3-1 Detroit.

In the home 8th Karim Garcia doubled & reached third on a wild pitch from Johnson. Jose Reyes then reached second on an error by the short stop & Garcia was able to score. Reyes got to third tagging up on a Ty Wigginton fly out. Cliff Floyd then singled, as Reyes scored to tie the game at 3-3.

The game stayed that way until the 10th inning, when Jose Reyes tripled off new pitcher, Craig Dingman. Ty Wigginton &  Cliff Floyd were both walked intentionally, loading them up for last nights hero; Mike Cameron. 

Cameron came through again, driving a walk off game winning single to left center field scoring Ty Wigginton for the 4-3 Met win.

In Cameron’s first year with the Mets he led the team with 30 HRs with 30 doubles 22 steals & 76 RBIs. He batted .231 & struck out 143 times (10th in the NL).