August 4, 1970: Ryan 3-Hits Cubs with 13 Strikeouts
|Date: August 4, 1970|
|Mets starter: Nolan Ryan|
|Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan|
|Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Dave Marshall|
|Key play: Ryan’s 13 strikeouts, Marshall’s two doubles|
The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Nolan Ryan struck out thirteen batters and pitched a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Chicago.
Ryan retired the Cubs in order on three ground balls in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Bud Harrelson got a one-out single and stole second base. Chicago starter Joe Decker struck out Cleon Jones and gave up an infield single to Art Shamsky. An ensuing double by Dave Marshall scored Harrelson and Shamsky for a 2-0 Mets lead. Decker retired Wayne Garrett on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning. Ryan struck out the side in a scoreless top of the second. The Mets were then held to an infield single by Decker in the bottom of the inning.
From the third inning to the fifth, Ryan fanned five batters in pitching shutout ball. He limited the Cubs to a pair of walks and a single by Joe Pepitone during the three-inning stretch. Meanwhile, Decker recorded three strikeouts of his own while holding the Mets without a run or a hit. Nolan struck out Ron Santo and Jim Hickman after a one-out double by Billy Williams in the top of the sixth. Jones walked to begin the bottom of the inning and Shamsky flied out to right fielder Johnny Callison. Marshall hit a double that scored Jones with the Mets’ third run of the game. Garrett followed with a double to move Marshall to third. Joe Foy was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Decker then fanned Jerry Grote and Ryan to bring an end to the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Ryan recorded his eleventh and twelfth strikeouts while shutting down Chicago. Tommie Agee led off the bottom of the inning with a single against Cubs’ reliever Phil Regan. Agee stole second base and went to third on Harrelson’s infield single. Jones grounded out to Regan to drive home Agee. Shamsky and Marshall were retired to end the inning. Ryan pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Regan then held the Mets to a two-out single by Grote in the bottom half.
Hickman fouled out to third baseman Foy to start the top of the ninth inning. Ryan fanned Pepitone for his thirteenth strikeout of the game. Callison singled to right field for the third Chicago hit. Randy Hundley then flied out to left fielder Jones to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Ryan’s masterful three-hitter.