In the early stages of Ryan's career with the Mets he had some fine moments, this day was one of them. After a quiet 1st inning, Ryan struck out the side in the 2nd inning & then the first two batters of the 3rd inning. He would come up with a pair of strike outs in the 5th & 6th innings as well.
Ryan rolled along with a season high 13 strike outs on the day, he shut the Cubs out on a three hitter & walked five.
In Ryans next start he would take a loss at Pittsburgh but strike out another ten batters. He would match his season high of 13 strike outs on September 9th against the Philadelphia Phillies.