Mets' sweep of Phillies one for record books

Mets' sweep of Phillies one for record books

MILWAUKEE -- The Mets' pregame notes were loaded with goodies pertaining to the team's three-game sweep of the Phillies, which concluded Thursday with a third consecutive shutout.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the occasion marked the third time in league history (since 1876) that a team swept a series of three or more games from a first-place team without allowing any runs. The Baltimore Orioles last accomplished the feat in sweeping the Boston Red Sox in 1974.

Although it marked only the second occasion in which the Mets had swept a series with three shutouts, the Mets have now pitched three consecutive shutouts seven times total, most recently from April 15-18, 1988, with two wins over Montreal and a follow-up shutout against St. Louis.

The Mets have thrown four straight shutouts only once in franchise history, running from Sept. 24-28, 1969. New York has seven shutouts this season, good for second in the National League, after recording eight all of last year.

Entering Friday night's game in Milwaukee, the Mets had compiled 27 consecutive scoreless innings and were chasing the 28-inning stretch recorded in 2004 and a 31-inning span in 1990.