Remembering Mets History (2005) Pedro Martinez Tosses A Two Hitter

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.

Pedro had an easy 1st inning. In the 2nd he struck out two, as he did again in the 5th inning. In the 4th, Pedro walked Orlando Palmeiro giving the Astros their first base runner. He retired the first two batters in the 6th inning, the struck out Oswalt to keep his no hitter in tact.

In the 7th, he got Palmeiro to ground out. But then Chris Burke homered ending the no hit but. Pedro then struck out Craig Biggio for out #2. Then Lance Berkman singled, ruining the one hitter as well. But Pedro struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the inning.

In the 8th, Pedro retired the side in order. He came on for the 9th & had an incredible inning. He got Jose Vizcaino, Orlando Palmeiro & Chris Burke all looking at third strikes.

The Mets gave Pedro run support from early on. In the 1st inning, Mike Cameron doubled & scored on a Cliff Floyd double making it 1-0.

In the 5th inning, Pedro himself singled to the delight of his team mates & the Shea Faithful. Mike Cameron then singled as well advancing Pedro to third. Carlos Beltran then singled bringing him in for the second Mets run.

In the home 7th, Oswalt got the first two Mets outs, then ran into trouble & got a bit wild. Carlos Beltran collected another base hit. He advanced on am Oswalt wild pitch & then Cliff Floyd was then plunked with a pitch. 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. They went on to the 3-1 win.

Pedro would pitch a two hot complete game, allowing one run, matching a season high 12 strike outs, walking just one.

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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