April 18, 1970: Ryan Strikes Out 15 in One-Hitter

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Date: April 18, 1970
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 7
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Joe Foy, Tommie Agee
Key play: Foy’s single in 1st, Boswell’s homer in 6th, Agee’s homer in 8th

The Mets and Phillies played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Nolan Ryan got the starting assignment against and Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning. Ryan handled the Phils easily with 15 strikeouts while pitching a one-hitter in a 7-0 Mets’ win.

Denny Doyle led off the first inning for the Phils with a single. Nolan then walked Don Money and struck out Johnny Briggs and Deron Johnson. A walk to Tim McCarver loaded the bases before Ryan struck out Larry Hisle to end the inning.

The Mets scored three times against Bunning in the bottom of the first. Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson started off with singles and Joe Foy hit another single to bring home Agee. On the same play, Foy went all the way to third on right fielder Ron Stone’s error while Harrelson crossed the plate. The Mets got another run on catcher McCarver’s error of Art Shamsky’s ground ball that scored Foy.

Ryan struck out Stone to begin a scoreless top of the second. He then struck out the side in order in the top of the third. The Mets got their fourth run off Bunning when Shamsky doubled home Foy in the bottom of the third. Barry Lersch then replaced Bunning to finish the inning for the Phillies.

From the fourth to the sixth, Ryan struck out seven more Philadelphia batters with no hits allowed. Ken Boswell added to the Mets’ lead with a home run off Lersch to start the bottom of the sixth. Nolan then shut down the Phils with a double play in the seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth that included a strikeout of Johnson for his fifteenth of the game.

Ryan himself singled off Phils’ reliever Lowell Palmer with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Agee followed with a two-run homer for the final Met runs of the game. Nolan then retired the Phils in order in the ninth to finish off his one-hit pitching gem.