Remembering Mets History (1970) Nolan Ryans Tosses A One Hitter

Saturday April 18th, 1970: On this afternoon matinee at Shea, Gil Hodges' reigning World Champion New York Mets were still flying high, even though it was just nine games into the 1970 season. The Mets were at 5-4, on their first home stand of the season, hosting Frank Lucchesi's Philadelphia Phillies.

On this night the Phils' Lucchesi sent Jim Bunning (0-0) (who had pitched a perfect game at Shea Stadium on Father's Day 1964) to the mound against the Mets young fireball throwing pitcher, Nolan Ryan. Ryan was making his first start of the 1970 season.

Starting Lineups

This was Nolan Ryan's day all the way, he pleased the 23,500 Mets fans with a 7-0 one hit shut out, striking out 15 batters along the way. Ryan who had control issues, early in his career, would walk six on the day.

In the top of the 1st inning, the Phillies Denny Doyle led off with a single. This would be the only hit the Phillies would manage the rest of the afternoon. 

Ryan walked the second hitter Don Money, then struck out Johnny Briggs & Deron Johnson. He then walked catcher Tim McCarver to load the bases. He got out of the jam by striking 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 39 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.


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