|Gil Hodges, Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver & Gary Gentry|
Sunday September 28th, 1969: A small crowd of just 6,875 came to Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, to see the first place Mets face George Myatt's; Phillies (62-97). Gil Hodges Mets had already clinched the NL Eastern title earlier in the week. The Mets would win their 99th game of the season tonight & Mets pitchers would throw the fourth straight shut out of the week.
Gary Gentry (12-12) who had last pitched in the clincher, four games ago was on the mound tonight going against Jerry Johnson (6-12). Gentry had shut out the Cardinals that night & would combine on a shut out on this night. Gentry would pitch five innings, allow just three hits & no walks. Nolan Ryan came in the 6th, he went three innings allowing one hit, striking out four & walking three. Ron Taylor closed it out with a scoreless 9th for his 13th save.
In the 2nd inning, Ed Kranepool walked, followed by a Wayne Garrett base hit. Jim Gosger then doubled in the first run & Gary Gentry singled home the other in the 2-0 win.
Friday September 26th 1969: In the opener of this series in Philadelphia, Jerry Koosman (16-9) went out & tossed a four hit shut out, his sixth of the year. Koosman struck out seven & walked just two, as he was tuning up for the post season.
Don Clendenon put the Mets on the board in the 1st with a two run HR of Woodie Fryman. In the 2nd, Duffy Dyer doubled & when Al Weis reached on an error he scored. In the visiting 5th, Bobby Heise doubled & Clendenon was walked intentionally. Young players; Amos Otis & Bobby Pfeil both singled bringing in two more runs. The Mets went on to a 5-0 win.
On Wednesday September 24th, Gentry helped the Mets clinch the N.L. East title at Shea Stadium (see previous post).