Sep 27, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Mets Pitchers Toss Four Straight Shut Outs

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 (98-61) face George Myatt's; Phillies (62-97).

Gil Hodges Mets had already clinched the NL Eastern title earlier that week. The Mets would win their 99th game of the season on this night. The Mets pitching staff, had an outstanding close to the regular season, this was their fourth straight shut out of the week.

Gary Gentry (12-12) who had last pitched in the NL East clincher, on September 24th, four games ago, was on the mound tonight for New York. Gentry had shut out the St. Louis Cardinals that night & would combine on a shut out on this night as well. Gentry was going against the Phils hurler, Jerry Johnson (6-12).

Gentry would pitch five innings, allow just three hits, strike out five & walk no one. Nolan Ryan came in relief, the 6th inning. He would pitch three innings, allowing one hit, striking out four, while walking three. Ron Taylor closed it out with a scoreless 9th inning, for his 13th save.

As for the Mets scoring, in the 2nd inning, Ed Kranepool walked & Wayne Garrett connected for a base hit. Jim Gosger then doubled, bringing in Kranepool with the first run. 1-0 Mets.

After Bob Heise drew an intentional walk, Gary Gentry helped his own cause, with a sac fly scoring Garrett for the Mets second & final run on the 2-0 win.

Earlier that week............................

Saturday September 27th, 1969: In this matinee, Tom Seaver won his league leading, 25th game of the year. He would three hit the Philadelphia Phillies in this 1-0 complete game shut out. It was his fifth shut out of the year (6th best in the NL) & 18th complete game (7th in the NL). 

Seaver struck out just four (a small number for him) as he walked just two in the game. This nine inning performance, lowered his ERA to 2.21 (4th best in the NL) on the way to his first Cy Young season.

The lone Mets run was driven in by Bobby Pfeil, a base hit scoring Donn Clendenon.

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 shut out of the year (4th best in the NL) & his 16th complete game (9th most in the NL).

Koosman struck out seven & walked just two, lowering his ERA to 2.28 (5th best in the NL).

Don Clendenon put the Mets on the board in the 1st with a two run HR of Woodie Fryman. In the Mets 2nd, catcher Duffy Dyer doubled & when Al Weis reached on an error, Dyer 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.

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