Remembering Mets History (2004) Tom Glavine Tosses One Hitter

Sunday May 23rd, 2004: A nice crowd of 37,486 came out for a Sunday matinee at Shea, to see Art Howe's .500 Mets (22-22) host Clint Hurdle's Colorado Rockies (17-26).

Today's starters were Tom Glavine for New York & former Met, Sean Estes.

Estes was the starter in the first game where Roger Clemmens batted against the Mets.  It came with much fanfare in the subway series, as a showdown after Clemmens World Series' drama with Mike Piazza. Estes threw behind Clemmens which cleared the air a bit but did not satisfy the angry fans. Piazza & Estes both homered in that game.

In the home 1st inning, Kaz Matsui led off with a  HR to make it 1-0 Mets. 

Trivia: For Matsui it was the fifth time this season, he had led off a game with a HR, tying a record set by Chili Davis for lead off HRs in a rookie season.  Matsui had also homered to lead off the previous days game as well. 

Two batters later Cliff Floyd added a solo HR off Estes & it was 2-0 Mets.

In the 3rd, Matsui led off with a double, advanced & later scored on a Cliff Floyd ground out, making it 3-0.

In the home 6th inning, Shane Spencer walked, stole second & third bases. Pitcher Tom Glavine then singled off Estes, helping his own cause, bringing in the Mets fourth run. It was all they needed.

Tom Glavine had himself an outstanding day on the mound. He retired the first twenty three batters he faced. He was flirting with a no hitter entering the 8th inning.

The Rockies had just one base runner all night up to that point, as Glavine had allowed one walk to Denny Hocking in the 7th.

He got the first out when Jeromy Burnitz flew out to Cliff Floyd. He then struck out Matt Holliday for his 7th K of the day & second out of the inning, with just four more to go to make Mets history.

Kit Pellow
But with two outs in the 8th, first base man Kit Pellow doubled to right field, ruining Glavine's no
hit bid. 

Trivia: Kit Pellow would just play three years in the majors (2002-2004). He appeared in 99 games & bat a career .257 with 52 hits 4 HRs 9 doubles & 19 RBIs. Another obscure player ruining a Mets no hit bid foiled.

Glavine reared back & struck out Rene Reyes to end the inning. The crowd gave him a huge standing ovation as he exited. 

Glavine came on & retired the side in order in the 9th inning finishing off his one hitter.

It was the 27th one hitter thrown in Mets history & one of the two that Tom Glavine threw in a Mets uniform. 

Glavine went to 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA on the year & would finish up 11-14 with a 3.60 ERA on the 71-91 fourth place Mets.


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