July 4, 1969: Mets Pound Bucs for DH Sweep

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Date: July 4, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 9
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Al Weis, Art Shamsky, J. C. Martin
Key play: Weis’s triple, Martin’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Pirates in a Fourth-of-July doubleheader on a Friday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Getting off to a fast start, the Mets rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Bucs.

Tommie Agee singled against Pirates’ starter Dock Ellis to lead off the top of the first inning. Ken Boswell and Cleon Jones were retired on consecutive ground balls to second baseman Jose Martinez. Art Shamsky drew a walk and Wayne Garrett hit a single to load the bases. Ed Kranepool walked to force home Agee and a single by J. C. Martin brought home Shamsky. Al Weis followed with a triple to score Garrett, Kranepool and Martin for a five-run New York lead. Ellis then struck out Don Cardwell to end the inning.

Manny Sanguillen doubled against Cardwell with one out in the bottom of the first. Willie Stargell hit a triple to score Sanguillen with the Bucs’ first run of the game. Roberto Clemente grounded back to Cardwell and a walk to Al Oliver ensued. Cardwell retired Jose Pagan on a fly ball to right fielder Shamsky for the third out and Agee hit a single to open the top of the second. Boswell’s sacrifice bunt moved Agee to second base and Jones flied out to center fielder Matty Alou. Shamsky singled to score Agee and went to second on right fielder Clemente’s throw to the plate. Art advanced to third on Ellis’s wild pitch. Pittsburgh reliever Joe Gibbon retired Garrett on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Freddie Patek. With one out in the bottom half, Patek hit a solo home run. Cardwell then threw a called third strike past Gibbon and got Alou on a fly ball to Shamsky that closed out the inning.

Martin hit a home run with one out in the top of the third to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Weis doubled and Cardwell went down on strikes. Agee flied out to Alou to finish off the inning and Stargell got a one-out single in the bottom half. Clemente hit a single on which Stargell was struck by the ball for an out. Oliver followed with a force play grounder to first baseman Kranepool to end the inning and pinch-hitter Bobby Pfeil singled to begin the top of the fourth. Jones flied out to Clemente and a wild pitch moved Pfeil to second base. Shamsky hit a single on which Pfeil was out at home via a throw by Clemente to catcher Sanguillen. Gibbon retired Garrett on a ground ball to Martinez for the inning’s final out. Cardwell then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

Cardwell and Pirates’ reliever Lou Marone each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Pittsburgh’s Chuck Hartenstein hurled a perfect top of the eight and Sanguillen got a bunt single against the Mets’ Jack DiLauro to lead off the bottom half. Stargell flied out to center fielder Agee and a bunt single by Clemente ensued. DiLauro then got Oliver to hit a double play grounder to second baseman Pfeil that finished off the inning.

Pfeil singled with one out in the top of the ninth. Bobby moved to third base on Jones’ single and came home on a single by Shamsky. Garrett hit a single to score Jones with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Hartenstein got Kranepool on a ground ball to Patek for an inning-ending double play and Pagan grounded out to Garrett to lead off the bottom half. Martinez was retired on a grounder back to DiLauro. Jack then got Patek to hit a ground ball back to the mound for the game’s final out. The Mets had a win and a sweep of the holiday doubleheader.

Notes

  • The save for DiLauro was the first of his career and his only one as a Met.