September 21, 1969: Mets Beat Bucs for DH Sweep

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Date: September 21, 1969
Mets starter: Don Cardwell
Mets: 6
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Don Cardwell
Key player(s): Don Cardwell, Wayne Garrett, Art Shamsky
Key play: Garrett’s single, Pirates’ errors

The Mets and Pirates faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in Game Two. Propelled by three runs in the first inning, the Mets came away with a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Don Cardwell pitched a scoreless top of the first. To begin the bottom half, Rod Gaspar hit a double against the Bucs’ Steve Blass. Wayne Garrett singled to drive home Gaspar and a single by Art Shamsky ensued. Ken Boswell flied out to center fielder Matty Alou and a strikeout of Ed Kranepool followed. Ron Swoboda reached on a three-base error by right fielder Carl Taylor that allowed Garrett and Shamsky to score for a 3-0 Mets lead. Blass then threw a called third strike past Jerry Grote for the final out of the inning.

After a scoreless second, Cardwell held the Pirates to a single by Alou in the top of the third. Shamsky singled to lead off the bottom half. Art advanced to third base on Boswell’s single and scored the Mets’ fourth run on Kranepool’s double play ground ball to second baseman Dave Cash. Swoboda hit a single and went to second on an error by shortstop Freddie Patek. Grote then grounded out to Cash to end the inning.

Leading off the top of the fourth, Willie Stargell homered for the Bucs’ first run of the game. Taylor grounded out to third baseman Garrett and a single by Richie Hebner ensued. Bob Robertson drew a walk and Jerry May went down on strikes. Patek hit a force play grounder to second baseman Boswell to close out the inning and Blass shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Cardwell yielded just a single to Cash in the top of the fifth and Boswell tripled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Kranepool was given an intentional walk. Blass then fanned Swoboda for the third out.

Cardwell hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Grote singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Al Weis flied out to Taylor and an error by Blass allowed Cardwell to reach base. Gaspar drew a walk to load the bases and Lou Marone came in to pitch for the Pirates. Pinch-hitter Cleon Jones reached on an error by Marone to drive home Grote for a 5-1 Mets lead. Shamsky followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Cardwell with the sixth New York run. Marone then got Boswell to line out to Taylor and finish off the inning.

May singled to begin the top of the seventh. Trying to advance on the hit, May was out via a throw by right fielder Swoboda to catcher Grote. Pinch-hitter Jose Martinez hit a single to center field. As a pinch-hitter for Marone, Jose Pagan flied out to left fielder Shamsky. Alou grounded out to Boswell to end the inning and Pittsburgh reliever Chuck Hartenstein pitched a perfect bottom half. Cardwell shut down the Pirates in the top of the eighth. For the Bucs, reliever Frank Brosseau retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Robertson flied out to Swoboda to open the top of the ninth. May grounded out to shortstop Weis. Cardwell then struck out Martinez to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.