Apr 18, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1971) Gary Gentry Tosses A One Hitter

Sunday April 18th 1971:  It was the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium  for Gil Hodges New York Mets (5-3) hosting Danny Murtaugh's Pittsburgh Pirates (6-5). The Pirates would go on to win the 1971 World Series beating the Baltimore Orioles seven games that year. The Mets sent Gary Gentry to the mound against Luke Walker.

Gentry was a fine young pitcher for the Mets starting out in the 1969 Championship season where he went 13-12 with a 3.43 ERA. Gentry was pitching in the shadows of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan & Jerry Koosman. He did earn the win in the 1969 clincher game & Game #3 of the 1969 World Series. Gentry would pitch four years for the Mets going 41-42 with a 3.56 ERA.

Prior to the 1973 season he & Danny Frisella were traded to the Atlanta Braves for Felix Millan & George Stone, two important pieces to the '73 Pennant team. Gentry would toss two one hitters for the Mets, one on this day.

Starting Lineups

Gentry retired the first 12 batters, then had a shaky 5th inning where he walked Al Oliver, hit Bob Robertson with a pitch & intentionally walked Jackie Hernandez to get to pitcher Luke Walker. He ended the inning striking out Walker.

Gary Gentry was cruising along with a 1-0 lead after Cleon Jones drew a bases loaded walk in the 3rd inning.  In the top of the 6th inning Gentry walked Ritchie Hebner & then Roberto Clemente tripled with the first & only hit of the game for Pittsburgh. Clemente would score on Willie Stargell's sac fly putting the Pirates up 2-1.

In the home 6th, Bud Harrelson drew a walk & Cleon Jones connected with a two run HR putting the Mets back in front 3-2.

In the bottom of the 8th, greeted new Pirate pitcher Nellie Briles with a lead off HR. Mets short time third baseman Bob Aspromonte added an RBI single to top off the 5-2 win.

Offensively Cleon Jones went 2-3 with a walk, HR, three RBIS & two runs scored. Tommie Agee went 2-4 with a HR & an RBI.

Gary Gentry went the distance, allowing two runs on one hit while striking out six & walking three. This was the 7th one hitter thrown in Mets history. Tom Seaver would throw one in 1971 as well. It was Gentry's first win of the year against  two losses. He would go 12-11 on the year, second to Tom Seaver on the staff in wins.

Trivia: Gentry ranks third (with Jon Matlack) for most career Mets One Hitters. First Tom Seaver (5) second David Cone (3) & third Gary Gentry & Jon Matlack (2)

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