On July 30, 1969 — It is a bad day for the Mets at Shea Stadium. In the first of two games, Houston scores 11 runs in the 9th inning, eight coming home on grand slams by Jimmy Wynn and Denis Menke, to trounce the Mets, 16 – 3. This is the first time this century in the National League that two grand slams have come in the same inning, with Mets pitchers Cal Koonce and Ron Taylor teeing up the honors. The last time in the American League was July 18, 1962. Taylor also serves up a single to Houston relief pitcher Fred Gladding, the only hit of Gladding’s career in 63 at bats and 450 games. The second game is no different as the Astros tally 10 runs in the 3rd inning to thrash the Mets, 11 – 5. Curt Blefary triples with the sacks full and pitcher Larry Dierker (13-8) homers with a man on.


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