THE MIRACLE METS
Game #136: Saturday, September 6, 1969 - BR
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Pittsburgh puts another hurting on the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and with Saturday's 3-0 whitewashing of the Phillies, the New York Mets close to within 3.5 games of first place. After Sunday's series finale against Philadelphia, the Mets host the National League East leading Chicago Cubs for the much anticipated showdown at Shea Stadium.
Making his 19th start of the season Don Cardwell limits the Phillies to just four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings to earn his sixth victory of the season. In relief of Cardwell, southpaw Tug McGraw yields two hits and fans three over the final three innings to complete the shutout and earn his eleventh save of the season. Jerry Grote's home run and Wayne Garrett's run scoring sac-fly gives the Mets a 2-0 lead after two. McGraw singles home in an insurance run in the seventh for a 3-0 Mets lead and final margin of victory.
- Mets Record:79-57
- N.L. East: 2nd; 3.5 GB