Apr 29, 2009

Today in Mets History: 1969- Kranepool HRs Twice Behind Koos & Ryans Shutout

April 29, 1969: Imagine having the luxury of a pitching staff like this! Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan combine to pitch a six hit shut out against the expansion Expos at a cold Parc Jarry in Montreal, to a tiny crowd of 8,577.

Koosman started the game against veteran Mud Cat Grant (former ace of the AL Champion Twins of 1965). The Mets weren't amazing yet, 6 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs in third place.

Koosman was rolling along on a two hitter into the 5th inning and then his arm felt sore. (A big concern at the time, but all would be ok.) Nolan Ryan got the quick call to get ready in the bullpen.

Ryan came out and showed greatness, he allowed only 4 scattered hits the rest of the way, striking out seven Expos, including 2 in the 9th inning and not walking any body.

As for the Mets offense, in the second inning Ed Kranepool blasted a home run off Grant for the 1st run. Then in the top of the sixth inning after Cleon Jones got thrown out stealing, Kranepool hits another home run to give the Mets all the runs they needed for the 2-0 shutout.

It was Krane's 1st & 2nd home runs of the year, he would hit 11. Ron Swoboda & Bud Harrelson also had 2 hits each on the day.

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