April 15, 1969: Buddy and Eddie Put Away Phils

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Date: April 15, 1969
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Harrelson’s RBI singles, Kranepool’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-three-minute game at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. Bud Harrelson and Ed Kranepool drove in a combined five runs in a 6-3 Mets win over the Phils.

Phillies’ starter Chris Short pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Tony Taylor singled against the Mets’ Gary Gentry to lead off the bottom half. Johnny Briggs went down on strikes and Dick Allen drew a walk. Johnny Callison flied out to left fielder Ron Swoboda and a single by Deron Johnson plated Taylor for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Don Money drew a walk to load the bases. Gentry then struck out Larry Hisle to end the inning.

Gentry and Short each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Amos Otis singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Swoboda hit a double and Jerry Grote grounded out to shortstop Money. Harrelson singled to drive home Otis and Swoboda. Gentry reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Tommie Agee hit a single that scored Harrelson for a 3-1 Mets lead. Rod Gaspar walked to load the bases and Ken Boswell flied out to left fielder Briggs. Short fanned Cleon Jones for the inning’s final out. Gentry then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Short hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Money homered to begin the bottom of the inning. Gentry retired the next three batters and Philadelphia reliever Gary Wagner gave up just a single to Harrelson in the top of the seventh. To open the bottom half, Taylor got a bunt single. Briggs followed with a force play grounder to first baseman Jones. Allen hit a double on which Briggs was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Harrelson to catcher Grote. Callison singled to drive home Allen and tie the game at 3-3. Gentry then got Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Agee that ended the inning.

Boswell and Jones got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the eighth. Otis reached on Wagner’s error to load the bases. Swoboda and Grote followed with consecutive ground balls on which Boswell and Jones, respectively, were forced out at home. Harrelson got an infield single that scored Otis and gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. Pinch-hitter Kranepool hit a double to bring home Swoboda and Grote with the fifth and sixth New York runs of the game. Wagner retired Agee on an inning-ending line drive to Money. Mets’ reliever Cal Koonce then retired the Phillies on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Wagner set down the side in order in the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Rick Joseph took a called third strike to begin the bottom half. Taylor was retired on a ground ball to Harrelson. Koonce then got Briggs to ground out to Grote and end the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.