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Remembering Mets History (2000) Mets Score Ten Runs in 8th Inning To Beat The Atlanta Braves

Friday June 30th , 2000 :   A big crowd of 52,831 came out to Shea Stadium to see Bobby Valentines second place New York Mets (45-32) take on the Bobby Cox's first place Atlanta Braves (48-31). At this point in time, the Mets were just three games behind the Braves after having lost to them the night before. Andres Galarraga's three run HR off Rick Reed was the biggest blow of that game. That broke the Mets seven game win streak. At this point in time, the Mets / Braves rivalry was at its peak. On this evening, the starters were the Mets Mike Hampton (7-5) as he took the mound against Atlanta's Kevin Millwood (5-6). In the 1st inning, Hampton was shaky, he gave up two singles. With Andres Galarraga at bat, Mike Piazza was charged with a passed ball & then Hampton hit him with a pitch to load up the bases. He then walked Javy Lopez & it was 1-0 Braves. Hampton stopped any further damage by getting Bobby Bonilla to ground into a double play. In the 3rd, the Br

Ron Swoboda: 1969 Amazing Mets Outfielder & World Series Hero (1965-1971)

Ronald Alan Swoboda was born on June 30, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. Swoboda was the captain of his high school soccer team as well as a top player on the basketball & baseball teams. The six foot two right handed hitting outfielder was signed out of Maryland University, as an amateur free agent in 1963. He signed for $35,000 after a strong AABA tournament performance. Swoboda only played minor league ball for one seasons, impressing the Mets with his power on a team looking for a home grown slugger. He hit 14 HRs at AA Williamsport & then three more HRs at AAA Buffalo in 22 games. He earned the monikers Rocky & Swobo, as part of Casey Stengel's young Mets "Youth of America". He made the 1965 Mets team out of Spring Training and made his big league debut as a pinch hitter on Opening Day ‘65. In the 6-1 loss to the Dodgers, he lined to second base off the legendary Don Drysdale. In the second game of the year he hit his first career HR, a pinch hit

Remembering Mets History: (1974) Jon Matlack Tosses His Second Career One Hitter

Saturday June 29th, 1974: A crowd of 37,317 came to Shea Stadium to see Manager Yogi Berra's struggling last place, Mets (30-42) host Red Schoendienst first place St. Louis Cardinals (38-34).  The Mets were still the reigning NL Champions, but injuries & poor offense made for a fifth-place finish in 1974.  Tom Seaver also struggled thru his mechanics resulting in an 11-11 season, his worst until the latter part of his career. The Mets had just won three of four, after sweeping a series at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Today the Mets sent Jon Matlack (5-5) to the hill to face the Cards John Curtis (4-7).  In the 1st inning, Matlack started the game striking out Lou Brock. Brock was to become the All Time stolen base leader that season. Matlack then walked Ted Sizemore. But then he struck Reggie Smith & Ted Simmons to end the inning. In the home 1st, Wayne Garrett led off with a base hit, then Cleon Jones blasted his sixth HR of the year, a two-run shot HR giving the Mets

Chris Flexen: Former Mets Pitcher (2017-2018)

Christopher Flexen was born July 1st 1994 in Newark, California. The six three right hander played football where he was quarterback as well as pitched earning him the nickname "the Flexman".  He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB draft. In 2013 he impressed at Kingsport with an 8-1 record. In 2016 he was at St. Lucie where he went 10-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 25 starts. In 2017 he was promoted up to a AA Binghamton going 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA. That was enough for the Mets to have him skip AAA & go right to the big league club, who's staff was struggling. Mets Career: Flexen made his MLB debut on July 27th 2017, with a start in San Diego. The Padres got him for four runs on five hits, in three innings of work, taking his first career loss. Trivia: He became the fifth Met pitcher in team history to serve up a HR to his first career hitter. After a no decision, he earned wins against the Texas Rangers & Philadelphia Phillies. He

Bob Shaw: 1960's Bronx Born Mets Pitcher (1966-1967)

Robert John Shaw was born on June 29, 1933 in the Bronx, New York. The six foot two right hander, attended high school in Garden City Long Island perusing a football career. He went to St. Lawrence University way upstate in Canton, New York, 50 miles southwest of Montreal. There he changed his mind & decided to play baseball. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 1953 by the Detroit Tigers. He came up in August 1957 with Detroit allowing a HR to the Chicago White Sox's Walt Droppo in his first appearance. After going 1-2 he was traded to the White Sox the next year.  White Sox Career: He enjoyed his finest season in 1959 as part of the A.L. Champion "Go Go Sox". He had the best winning percentage in the league at .750%. He anchored a staff in the middle of Early Wynn (22 -10) & Billy Pierce (14-15) going 18-12 with 2.69 ERA (both third best in the A.L.). He pitched 230 innings with three shutouts & eight complete games. Shaw learned how to pitch