September 12, 1969: Cardwell Defeats Pirates in Nightcap

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Date: September 12, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 1
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Don Cardwell
Key play: Cardwell's single in 2nd

The Mets played the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader on a Friday night in Pittsburgh. Just like in the first game, the Mets' starting pitcher drove home the only run. Don Cardwell had a run-scoring single and pitched eight scoreless innings as the Mets completed a sweep of the Bucs with another 1-0 win.

Cardwell and Pittsburgh's Dock Ellis each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Bud Harrelson doubled with two outs and Cardwell came to bat. Don delivered a single to center field that scored Harrelson and gave the Mets a one-run lead. Ellis struck out Jim Gosger to end the inning and Cardwell pitched a perfect bottom half.

Over the next six innings, Cardwell and Ellis each pitched three-hit shutout ball. Cardwell faced 16 Pirate hitters from the third inning to the seventh. In the eighth, he struck out Jose Pagan and Roberto Clemente for the final two outs with a runner on third. Meanwhile, Ellis recorded eight strikeouts to raise his total to 11 for the game. Pittsburgh reliever Chuck Hartenstein then shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth.

Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets in the bottom of the ninth inning. Matty Alou led off with a bunt single and McGraw followed up by striking out Gene Alley. Tug retired Willie Stargell on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee for the second out. He then threw out Al Oliver on a grounder back to the mound to end the game. Like Jerry Koosman had done to begin the doubleheader, Cardwell singled home the only run of the nightcap and recorded a win for a sweep of the twinbill.