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New York Mets doubleheader history: It runs in their blood

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: A General View of the game between the New York Mets against the Tampa Bay Raysat Citi Field on July 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: A General View of the game between the New York Mets against the Tampa Bay Raysat Citi Field on July 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK – APRIL 15: An exterior view of Citi Field before the New York Mets played the San Diego Padres on April 15, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Two Games, No Hits

Amazingly, in 57 years of existence, the Mets have only been no-hit eight times (as of today). Yet half of those came during doubleheaders. The first of these was the only perfect game the Mets have been involved in. Jim Bunning of the Phillies was perfect in the first game of the Father’s Day doubleheader in 1964. The Mets finally registered a hit in the third inning of the second game when Joe Christopher singled in a run off Rick Wise. The Mets managed three hits in those two games for dear old Dad.

Bill Stoneman of the Expos threw his second career no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader at Jarry Park in Montreal in the final series of 1972. The Mets strung together six hits on the day, with Dave Schneck’s single scoring the game-winner in the ninth in the nightcap.

My first experience with no-hitters was the second game of a Sunday twinbill at Candlestick Park in 1975. After Dave Kingman hit a grand slam in the opening-game win, there was nothing grand for the Mets in the second game.

As a first-year Mets fan, I remember watching our black-and-white TV on that Sunday night, wondering whether I should feel thrilled or ashamed at witnessing this unique baseball spectacle. (Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, and Bob Murphy had indoctrinated me enough to know that pitching a no-hitter was something that happened to other teams.) When Wayne Garrett bounced out and the Giants bounced all over the Astroturf hugging, I felt the shame welling up. I was a Mets fan, all right.

The only season in which the Mets were no-hit twice came in the pennant-winning year of 2015. Chris Heston, channeling Halicki and his obscure Giants mojo, no-hit the Mets that June. The second no-no came in the second game of a doubleheader on the second-to-last day of the year. Max Scherzer of the Nationals not only dominated the Mets at Citi Field, but he whiffed nine straight Mets starting in the sixth inning.

Only Tom Seaver had fanned 10 straight batters in a major league game (at Shea in 1971). It sure looked like Scherzer would equal the mark. Curtis Granderson, who’d fanned to start Scherzer’s near-record run, was up with two outs in the ninth and fell behind 0-2. It felt like a triumph when Grandy hit a dinky popup that completed the no-no but denied Scherzer a share of Seaver’s record. The Mets had already clinched the division title, let Washington have the meaningless doubleheader.

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