Remembering Mets History (2005) Pedro Martinez Tosses A Two Hit Shut Out

Tuesday June 7th, 2005: The 2005 Mets were playing well, it was their best baseball since the Pennant year of 2000. 

The club's newest additions of Carlos Beltran & Pedro Martinez brought excitement back to Shea Stadium.

Tonight, Willie Randolph's second place Mets (31-27) were hosting Phil Garner's last place, Houston Astros (21-35). Two big pitchers went at it tonight, Pedro Martinez (6-1) for the Mets, taking on a struggling Roy Oswalt (6-6) for Houston.

Pedro wowed the 39,953 fans at Shea Stadium, giving them a night full of thrills on the mound.

In the top of the 1st inning, Pedro retired the side in order. 

In the home 1st, Mike Cameron hit a one out double & scored on Cliff Floyd's double to center field.

In the top of the 2nd Pedro struck out two & added another in the 3rd inning. In the 4th, Pedro walked Orlando Palmeiro giving the Astros their first base runner. But Palmeiro was erased on a double play & got Craig Biggio to fly out.

In the 5th inning, Padro delighted the crowd when he lined a single to start the inning. Jose Reyes grounded to third & Martinez got to second base. Mike Cameron then singled, advancing Pedro to third. Carlos Beltran then singled bringing in Pedro with the Mets second run.

In the top of the 6th inning, Pedro got Adam Everett to fly out & then Brad Asmus grounded to second base. He ended the inning, striking out Roy Oswalt to keep his no hitter intact.

In the top of the 7th, he got Orlando Palmeiro to ground out for the first out. But then Chris Burke homered to left field ending the no hit but. The crowd gave him a nice ovation & the game went on.

Pedro then struck out Craig Biggio for the second out & his seventh strikeout of the game.
Lance Berkman then singled, ruining a one hit bid as well. Then Pedro struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the inning, notching his eighth K.

In the home 7th, Roy Oswalt got the first two Mets outs, then ran into trouble & got a bit wild. Carlos a wild pitch. Cliff Floyd was then plunked with a pitch putting two on. Next Mike Piazza walked to load the bases. Marlon Anderson then came thru with an infield single to short, scoring Beltran with the Mets third run.

In the top of the 8th, Pedro retired the side in order keeping the shut out intact. In the 9th inning, Pedro came on to complete the game & keep his shut out. He struck out the side, getting Jose Vizcaino, Orlando Palmeiro & Chris Burke all looking at third strikes.

Pedro would pitch a two-hit complete game, allowing one run, matching a season high 12 strike outs, walking just one in the 3-1 win.

Trivia: Pedro went on to a 15-8 season with the Mets (9th most wins in the NL) posting a 2.82 ERA (4th best in the NL).


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