June 17, 1969: Gentry Blanks Phils on Two Hits

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Date: June 17, 1969
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, J. C. Martin
Key play: Martin’s single

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. The teams played a two-hour and fourteen-minute opener of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. Gary Gentry pitched a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Billy Champion retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Gentry hurled a perfect bottom half and Cleon Jones drew a walk to lead off the top of the second. Art Shamsky flied out to center fielder Larry Hisle and a pop-up by Ed Kranepool was caught by second baseman Tony Taylor. Ken Boswell hit a single to advance Jones to third base. Champion got J. C. Martin to pop out to third baseman Rick Joseph and end the inning. Gentry then set down all three Phillies batters in the bottom half.

Champion and Gentry each pitched a perfect third inning. With one out in the top of the fourth, Jones singled and stole second base. Shamsky hit a single on which Jones was out at home via a throw by right fielder Johnny Callison to catcher Mike Ryan. Kranepool flied out to Hisle to finish off the inning and Gentry retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Champion surrendered just a walk to Martin in the top of the fifth. Gary then set down all three hitters once again in the bottom of the inning.

Champion retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Hisle singled to open the bottom half. Terry Harmon hit a force play ground ball to Gentry and a pop-up by Champion was caught by first baseman Kranepool. Johnny Briggs grounded out to second baseman Boswell to end the inning and Ken walked with two outs in the top of the seventh. Boswell advanced to second base on a balk and came home on a single by Martin for a one-run Mets lead. Gentry grounded out to Ryan to finish off the inning and Taylor walked to lead off the bottom half. Dick Allen hit a force play grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a bunt single by Callison followed. Gentry then struck out Joseph and got Ryan on a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s third out.

Champion hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Gentry set down the side in order in the bottom half and Shamsky drew a one-out walk against Philadelphia reliever John Boozer in the top of the ninth. Kranepool hit a force play grounder to first baseman Allen and a single by Boswell ensued. Boozer then retired Martin on a foul pop-up to Joseph that closed out the inning.

Briggs grounded out to second baseman Al Weis to open the bottom of the ninth. Taylor was also retired on a grounder to Weis. Gentry then threw a called third strike past Allen to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Gary’s two-hitter to start the doubleheader.