Remembering Mets History: (1970) Nolan Ryan Ks 13 In A Three Hit Shut Out

Tuesday August 4th 1970:Gil Hodges reigning World Champion New York Mets (57-49) were in second place one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they hosted Leo Durocher's Chicago Cubs (55-52) who were two games behind the Mets in third place.

The Cubs sent Joe Decker (2-5) to the mound against the young fire ball throwing; Nolan Ryan.

Even in the early stages of Ryan's career, in which he spent with the Mets, there were some fine Hall of Fame moments, this day was one of them.

Starting Lineups

After a quiet 1st inning, Ryan struck out the side in the 2nd inning & then the first two batters of the 3rd inning. He would come up with a pair of strike outs in the 5th & 6th innings as well. 

Ryan rolled along with a season high 13 strike outs on this day, as he shut out the Cubs out on a three hitter, while  walking five. The only hits were to Hall of Famer- Billy Williams, Joe Pepitone & Johnny Callison.

Ryan's run support came mainly from a new Mets player that year, outfielder Dave Marshall. Dave Marshall had two doubles on the day, while  driving in three runs.

In the bottom of the 1st, Bud Harrelson singled, stole second & went to third on an Art Shamsky base hit. Dave Marshall doubled driving in both runners making it 2-0.

Later in the 6th inning, Cleon Jones walked & scored on Marshall's second double of the day, making it 3-0.

In the home 7th, Tommie Agee singled & stole second. Agee advanced to third & then scored when Cleon Jones grounded out, completing the 4-0 win.

In Ryan's next start, he would take a loss at Pittsburgh but strike out another ten batters. He would match his season high 13 strike outs, again on September 9th, in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.


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