April 18th 1970: The reigning World Champion New York Mets were still flying high nine games into the 1970 season. They were at 5-4, on their first home stand of the season, hosting the Philadelphia Phillies.
On this night Phillies Manager; Frank Lucchesi sent Jim Bunning (0-0) who had pitched a perfect game at Shea Stadium on Father's Day 1964, to the mound against young fireball throwing Nolan Ryan, who was making his first start of the year.
This was to be Nolan Ryan's day all the way, as he pleased the 23,500 Mets fans with a 7-0 one hit shut out, striking out 15 batters along the way. Ryan did walk six as his control was still an issue at the time 7 a negative in the eyes of manager Gil Hodges.
In the top of the 1st inning, Denny Doyle led off with a single, the only hit the Phils would get all day. Ryan walked the second hitter; Don Money then struck out Johnny Briggs & Deron Johnson. He then walked Tim McCarver to load the bases but struck out Larry Hisle to end the threat.
Ryan walked two more in the second, but returned with a strong third inning, striking out the side; Hisle, Ron Stone & Larry Bowa. He would also strike out the side in the sixth, which were the same three batters.
He closed out that inning with 15 strike outs & with three more to go, it looked like he was going to break the single game strike out record of 19.
But in the final three innings, he did not strike out another batter, although he did not allow any more hits. It was the fourth no hitter of the 38 in Mets history. Ryan went on to his first win of the year, in 27 games (19 starts) he would end up 7-11 with 125 strike outs (97 walks) in 131 innings with a 3.42 ERA.
The Mets gave Ryan run support early on, Tommie Agee & Bud Harrelson led off with singles. Joe Foy then singled to right field & both runners scored on Jim Bunning's error on the throw.
Foy scored on Art Shamsky's Fielders choice. In the 3rd, Shamsky doubled driving in another run making it 4-0. In the 6th Kenny Boswell led off with a solo HR off Barry Lersh. Agee topped it off with a two run HR in the 8th off Lowell Palmer.