April 28, 1971: Gentry and Twelve Hits Deck Cards

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Date: April 28, 1971
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Jones’ and Kranepool’s singles in 1st

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Gary Gentry pitched a complete game and the Mets pounded out twelve hits in a 9-1 win over the Redbirds.

Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Cards’ starter Mike Torrez with one out in the top of the first inning. Harrelson stole second base and Dave Marshall went down on strikes. Cleon Jones hit a single to drive home Harrelson and advanced to second base on catcher Ted Simmons’ passed ball. Ed Kranepool singled to score Jones for a two-run Mets lead. Torrez retired Ken Boswell on a ground ball to second baseman Julian Javier for the third out. Gentry then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Bob Aspromonte drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second. Aspromonte moved to third base on Jerry Grote’s single and came home on Gentry’s double play grounder to shortstop Ted Sizemore. Tommie Agee flied out to right fielder Jose Cardenal to end the inning and Gentry gave up only a single to Joe Torre in the bottom half. Marshall walked with one out in the top of the third. Jones was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Matty Alou. Marshall stole second and scored on a double by Kranepool, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Torrez retired Boswell on an inning-ending fly ball to Alou. Gentry then held the Cardinals to a single by Javier in the bottom half.

Grote walked against St. Louis reliever George Brunet with one out in the top of the fourth. Jerry went to second base on Gentry’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Agee’s double for a 5-0 Mets lead. Harrelson and Marshall drew walks to load the bases and the Cards’ Chuck Taylor threw a called third strike past Jones to close out the inning. Torre got a one-out single in the bottom half. Gentry then retired both Cardenal and Joe Hague on outfield fly balls for the inning’ final outs.

Gentry and Taylor each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Harrelson singled against Redbirds’ reliever Moe Drabowsky to lead off the top of the seventh. Bud stole second base and came around to score on a single by Marshall. Jones was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Cardenal (who had shifted from right.) Marshall stole second and came home on Kranepool’s single for an 8-0 New York lead. Boswell and Tim Foli got singles that loaded the bases and Drabowsky struck out both Grote and Gentry to end the inning. Gary then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Harrelson singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Marshall was hit by a pitch and Drabowsky got Jones on a ground ball to Sizemore for an inning-ending double play. Leading off the bottom half, Leron Lee homered for the Cardinals’ first run of the game. Lou Brock hit a double and pinch-hitter Jim Beauchamp went down on strikes. Simmons was retired on a grounder to catcher Grote. Gentry then got Torre to ground out to third baseman Foli and end the inning.

Kranepool drew a walk against St. Louis reliever Frank Linzy to begin the top of the ninth. Ed advanced to second base on Boswell’s ground out to first baseman Hague. Foli popped out to Hague and a walk to Grote followed. Gentry singled for the Mets’ twelfth hit, driving home Kranepool with the ninth New York run. On the play, Cardenal made an error that sent Grote to third and Gentry to second. Agee drew a walk to load the bases. Harrelson then grounded out to Linzy to finish off the inning.

Cardenal was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Marshall to open the bottom of the ninth. Hague also flied out to Marshall. Gentry then got Sizemore on another fly ball to Marshall for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • This was Brunet’s final game of his 15-season major league career