April 30, 1970: Ryan Three-Hits Giants

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Date: April 30, 1970
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 4
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Joe Foy, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee
Key play: Foy’s two-run single, Jones’ RBI single, Agee’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Nolan Ryan pitched a three-hitter in a 4-1 Mets win.

Cleon Jones drew a two-out walk against Giants’ starter Mike McCormick in the top of the first inning. Donn Clendenon hit a single and Ron Swoboda walked to load the bases. Joe Foy singled to drive home Jones and Clendenon for a two-run Mets lead. McCormick struck out Al Weis to end the inning and Ryan hurled a scoreless bottom half. The Mets went down in order in the top of the second. Nolan then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

McCormick yielded only a single to Clendenon in the top of the third. Bob Taylor drew a walk to open the bottom half. Hal Lanier singled and McCormick’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Bobby Bonds grounded out to third baseman Foy to bring home Taylor and reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Ryan then got Ron Hunt to fly out to center fielder Tommie Agee and finish off the inning.

Foy singled to begin the top of the fourth. Joe stole both second and third base before Weis went down on strikes. Duffy Dyer followed with a ground ball on which McCormick threw to catcher Dick Dietz for an out at home on Foy. Ryan hit a force play grounder to shortstop Lanier that ended the inning and shut down the Giants in the bottom half. Bud Harrelson tripled with one out in the top of the fifth. Jones hit a single to score Harrelson for a 3-1 Mets lead. With Clendenon at bat, Jones got caught in a rundown after McCormick’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Willie McCovey. Clendenon lined out to Lanier to end the inning. Ryan then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Swoboda hit a single against McCormick to lead off the top of the sixth. Foy doubled and San Francisco reliever Frank Reberger hit pinch-hitter Ken Boswell with a pitch to load the bases. Dyer followed with a ground ball on which Lanier threw to Dietz at the plate. Swoboda was called out for interference and Dyer was ruled out at first for a double play. Reberger retired Ryan on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Ken Henderson. Nolan then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Agee homered for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Harrelson flied out to left fielder Taylor and a single by Jones ensued. Reberger got Clendenon on a force play grounder to second baseman Hunt and threw a called third strike past Swoboda to close out the inning. Jim Davenport hit a double to open the bottom half. Taylor and pinch-hitter Steve Whitaker were struck out and pinch-hitter Don Mason drew a walk. Ryan then got Bonds to hit a force play ground ball to Foy that ended the inning.

Giants’ reliever Frank Linzy surrendered only a walk to Dyer in the top of the eighth. Ryan hurled a scoreless bottom half and Linzy retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Dietz went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the inning. Davenport singled for the third San Francisco hit and Taylor lined out to Foy. Ryan then got pinch-hitter Bob Burda on a force play grounder to second baseman Boswell for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.