Feb 7, 2018

Remebering Mets History (1969): Mets Sweep Back to Back Doubleheaders

Saturday August 16th 1969: Back in the heat of the Summer of '69 as the Woodstock concert was going on in Upstate New York, back in Queens the 2nd place Mets were taking some giant steps forward. Although still nine 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs, the Mets were eyeing Gil Hodges first goal & that was to win 85 games.

The last place San Diego Padres rolled into Shea Stadium for a weekend of back to back double headers. Music all weekend upstate at Woodstock, & Mets winning baseball all weekend at Shea.

Game one: Tom Seaver was his Cy Young self again throwing eight  innings of shutout ball allowing only four Padre hits & two walks as he won his major league leading 17th of the year. It was the most wins of Tom's career up to that point. Seaver tired in the eighth, and Ron Taylor was brought in to close the door. He threw a perfect 9th inning earning his 11th save.

The Met bats didn't exactly help much in offense, but Tommie Agee drove in Bud Harrelson with a single in the 5th inning. Bobby Pfeil was inserted in the line up at third base, he drove in one of his ten Mets career RBIs in the seventh inning. (The reserve infielder Pfeil, played in 62 games for the Mets in 1969 hitting .232.)

Nightcap: This was another pitchers duel in which five Pardre pitchers held the Mets down to only four hits. The Mets Jim McAndrew held the Pad's down to only one run on three hits over seven innings, while striking out seven, earning his 4th victory. Tug McGraw came on to earn his 8th save, pitching the last two frames.

In the Mets 4th inning , one of the NL's leading hitters, Cleon Jones launched his 12th HR of the year to tie the game. Then in the 7th inning, in a crazy chess match between Gil Hodges & Preston Gomez, there were three pitching changes & three pinch hitters. Ron Swoboda reached on an error getting all the way to third base. Jerry Grote singled to drive in what was to be the winning run. The Mets won it 2-1.

Sunday August 17th 1969: The next day, Sunday was a Shea classic; it was "Banner Day" & another twin bill sweep for the Mets.

Game one: The Mets won another squeaker 3-2, as Jerry Koosman came out and threw a complete game five hit shutout . No need to use the bullpen as Kooz sailed along striking out five & walking only two earning his 10th win of the year (10-8).

The Mets were down 2-0 into the 5th, when Bud Harrelson & Donn Clendenon both singled off Joe Neikro. Then catcher Duffy Dyer hit his second HR of the year to put the Mets ahead for good 3-2. (Dyer would only hit three HRs all season).

In the night cap the Mets handed the woeful Padres their tenth loss in a row & fourth in two days at Shea.

Mets pitcher Don Cardwell got the start and didn't allow any runs through seven innings pitched. In the home 7th, Ed Kranepool singled. Al Weis came in as a pinch runner. Jerry Grote then walked. Bud Harrelson then tripled to the deepest part of the ballpark in centerfield, scoring both runs. The Mets led 3-0 after J.C. Martin hit a sac fly to score Harrelson.

Reliever Cal Koonce started the 8th with a 3-0 lead but exited after giving up two runs. Ron Taylor the Mets ace of the bullpen in '69, saved it with two scoreless innings. his 12th save of the year.

The Mets started a six game winning streak at that point and a twelve out of fourteen winning stretch taking them to the end of August. They were getting very hot and everyone was contributing to get wins. The Miracle was gaining momentum.

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