July 30, 1971: Gentry and Three Doubles Bury Cubs

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Date: July 30, 1971
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 4
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Tommie Agee, Wayne Garrett, Dave Marshall
Key play: Mets’ RBI doubles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Gary Gentry’s shutout pitching and a trio of run-scoring doubles led the way to a 4-0 Mets win over Chicago.

Billy Williams singled with two outs in the top of the first inning. Joe Pepitone drew a walk and Gentry retired Jim Hickman on a pop-up to second baseman Ken Boswell for the third out. Cubs’ starter Bill Hands hurled a perfect bottom half and Gentry yielded only a single to Brock Davis in the top of the second. Dave Marshall got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Boswell hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger and stole second base. A passed ball by catcher Chris Cannizzaro moved Boswell to third and Ken Singleton drew a walk. Hands then struck out Jerry Grote to finish off the inning.

Gentry retired the side in order in the top of the third. Wayne Garrett drew a walk with two outs in the bottom half. Tommie Agee followed with a double that scored Garrett for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ed Kranepool hit a single and Marshall was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Paul Popovich. Gentry pitched a perfect top of the fourth and Boswell singled to open the bottom half. Singleton went down on strikes and Grote hit a single to advance Boswell to third base. With Gentry at bat, Boswell got caught on an attempted steal and was tagged out by third baseman Ron Santo. Hands then got Gentry to ground out to Santo and end the inning.

Gentry gave up only a single to Davis in the top of the fifth. Bud Harrelson got a leadoff single against Hands in the bottom half. Harrelson advanced to second base on a wild pitch and came around to score on a double by Garrett. Agee and Kranepool were retired on outfield fly balls and Marshall doubled to drive home Garrett for a 3-0 Mets lead. Chicago reliever Ray Newman threw a wild pitch to send Marshall to third. Newman then got Boswell on a line drive to first baseman Pepitone to close out the inning.

Gentry hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Newman yielded only a single to Grote in the bottom half and Gary shut down the Cubs again in the top of the seventh. Kranepool and Marshall got back-to-back singles against Chicago reliever Phil Regan with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Boswell drew a walk to load the bases and Singleton walked to force home Kranepool with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Regan then retired Grote on a grounder to Santo for the third out of the inning.

Gentry held the Cubs to a single by Kessinger in the top of the eighth. Regan shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Hickman was called out on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Santo was also fanned and Gentry got Davis on a foul pop-up to catcher Grote for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory on Gary’s four-hitter.