April 10, 1969: Agee Reaches the Upper Deck
|Date: April 10, 1969|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry|
|Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Gary Gentry|
|Key play: Agee's home runs in 2nd and 7th|
The Mets concluded their season-opening series against the new Montreal Expos on a Thursday afternoon. In his major league debut, Gary Gentry recorded the win in the Mets' 4-2 victory. The game was highlighted by Tommie Agee's home run into the upper deck at Shea Stadium.
Gentry retired the Expos in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, the Mets strung together four straight singles off Montreal starter Larry Jaster for two runs. Ed Charles and Ron Swoboda drove home Ken Boswell and Cleon Jones, respectively.
In the top of the second, John Bateman homered off Gentry for the Expos' first run of the game. Agee came to bat in the bottom half with two out. Tommie ripped into a pitch from Jaster and sent a high fly ball to deep left field. The ball landed in the upper deck for a home run. It was the only time that a player ever homered into the highest level of seating at Shea.
Gentry and Jaster each pitched two-hit ball with no runs from the third inning to the sixth. Gary held Montreal scoreless again in the top of the seventh. Agee then hit his second homer of the game to extend the Mets' lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Following a scoreless eighth inning, the Expos scored on Coco Laboy's two-out double that brought home Bob Bailey. Gentry was then replaced by Cal Koonce, who walked Manny Mota to load the bases. Koonce finished off the game by getting Don Bosch to line out to Agee in center field. The Mets had their second win of the season in Gentry's first game - which featured a mammoth homer by Agee.