June 29, 1974: Matlack's 1-hit Shutout

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Date: June 29, 1974
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Cleon Jones, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Jones’ & Garrett’s home runs

The Mets took on the St. Louis Cardinals on Old Timer’s Day at Shea Stadium. Following the pre-game festivities, Jon Matlack gave a great pitching performance with a one-hit shutout over the first place Cards. The Mets came away with a 4-0 victory.

Matlack and the Mets got a lead in the second inning when Cleon Jones hit a two-run homer off St. Louis starter John Curtis. A home run by Wayne Garrett leading off the fifth made the score 3-0. Meanwhile, Matlack had held the Cardinals to only a third inning single by Curtis and recorded five strikeouts.

In the top of the sixth, Matlack walked pinch-hitter Tom Heintzelman to start the inning. Jon then got three consecutive ground outs to end the inning. He proceeded to retire the next nine St. Louis hitters (including two more strikeouts) for his complete game one-hitter.

The Mets’ final run came in the bottom of the seventh. Jones hit a two-out double off reliever Mike Thompson that brought home Garrett. It was more than enough as Matlack took care of the rest. The fans were sent home happy, seeing a memorable Mets’ win in addition to the great players of the past.