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I built a 1-0 Mets wins database a few months ago just for the purpose of finding the answers to questions such as:

What pitchers have lost multiple 1-0 games to the Mets in the same season?

Yovani Gallardo joins two others.

Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins: July 11 and September 11, 1968

and

Nelson Briles: July 27, September 18, and September 29, 1972

For more information on the history of the previous 115 1-0 Mets wins, check out

http://www.metswalkoffs.com/2009/05/one-nil.html

* Gallardo also makes it an even dozen times that a pitcher has struck out 12+ Mets and lost the game. The last, as was mentioned on the SNY broadcast, was John Smoltz in Willie Randolph's first managerial win in 2005.

One pitcher is on the list twice, and while you probably have heard reference to Steve Carlton's 1969 effort in which he struck out 19 and lost to the Mets (on 2 home runs by Ron Swoboda), you may not be as familiar with his other effort.

On September 16, 1981 (12 years and a week after the 19-K loss), Carlton struck out 15 Mets in the back end of a doubleheader. Carlton finished one whiff shy of Bob Gibson's career NL strikeout mark (he'd pass it and then some), and one run shy on the scoreboard.

The Mets won this one in dramatic, walk-up fashion. Carlton got his final two strikeouts of the game, but in between them, catcher John Stearns popped one just inside the left field foul pole for a go-ahead two-run home run. It was the first home run for Stearns in more than two years. The Mets finished 5-4 winners when our favorite, Neil Allen, got a pair of clutch outs with the tying run on second in the ninth.

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