June 18, 1971: Gentry and Singleton Bury Phils

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Date: June 18, 1971
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Ken Singleton
Key play: Singleton’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Gary Gentry pitched a two-hit shutout and Ken Singleton hit a two-run homer for a 2-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Gentry retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Ken Reynolds gave up just a walk to Don Hahn in the bottom half and Gary hurled a perfect top of the second. Donn Clendenon singled to open the bottom of the inning. Singleton followed with a homer to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Duffy Dyer was called out on strikes and Mike Jorgensen fouled out to third baseman John Vukovich. Reynolds then retired Tim Foli on a ground ball to Vukovich to close out the inning.

Gentry set down all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the third. Reynolds pitched a perfect bottom half and Tim McCarver singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Willie Montanez drew a walk and Deron Johnson popped out to third baseman Bob Aspromonte. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base before Oscar Gamble grounded out to first baseman Clendenon to end the inning. Reynolds then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fifth, Gentry surrendered just a walk to Reynolds in the top of the sixth. Reynolds hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Gamble singled for the Phillies’ second hit with one out in the top of the seventh. Roger Freed was struck out and Vukovich flied out to center fielder Don Hahn to finish off the inning. Reynolds retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half and Gentry set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Phils’ reliever Bill Wilson then yielded only a single to Dyer in the bottom of the inning.

McCarver drew a walk to lead off the top of the ninth. Montanez popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a fly ball by Johnson was caught by Hahn. Gentry then got Gamble to ground out to Clendenon and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Gary’s shutout.