METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 25, 1969 GAME:Feat Fan
September 8, 2004
The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a National League record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first nine innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6–5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins, who replaced Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th, hits his first ML homer as well. Palmer strikes out nine in four 1/3 innings for Philley, while Nolan Ryan K's 10 in six 1/3 innings.
August 20, 2004
The Mets blew a 5-0 lead and lost in ten innings, 6-5. Rookie Dave Watkins tripled with two outs in the tenth and scored on a single by Johnny Briggs. Watkins had also hit his first major league homer off Cal Koonce to tie the game in the eighth inning. The only reason Watkins was in the game was because Phillies 2B Cookie Rojas had been ejected in the fifth inning.
Ed Kranepool had a chance to be a hero but grounded out in the bottom of the tenth with the bases loaded and two outs.
The two teams combined to strike out 27 times in the game...all in the first nine innings, setting an NL record. So half of the outs in the game through nine innings were strikeouts. Nolan Ryan started for the Mets and struck out ten in 6.1 innings; Lowell Palmer was the Phils' starter and he fanned nine in just 4.1 innings
October 18, 2015
Actually the other reason Watkins was in the game was because Dick Allen was a no-show...he went to the horse track in the afternoon and got stuck in traffic and never made it to the game. Bob Skinner had to start Ed Joseph at third and when Rojas got tossed he had to move Joseph to 2B and put Watkins in at 3B...Watkins was a third string catcher...LOL and he ends up being the hero....classic
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