May 13, 1970: Gentry One-Hits Cubs
|Date: May 13, 1970|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry|
|Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Art Shamsky|
|Key play: Shamsky's home run|
Gary Gentry had the task of pitching the Mets' first game at Wrigley Field after the previous year's championship. Gary demonstrated to the Cubs that the Mets' title was no fluke by tossing a one-hit shutout. Gentry and the Mets emerged with a 4-0 victory over Chicago.
Gentry faced the minimum 21 batters through the first seven innings. He retired the first 12 Cubs to face him before walking Ron Santo to lead off the fifth. Following the walk, Gary got Johnny Callison to hit into a double play and Ernie Banks to ground out. Gentry then got out all six Chicago hitters in the next two innings.
As Gary held down the Cubs, the Mets built up a four-run lead. Art Shamsky homered off Cubs' starter Bill Hands with one out in the fourth inning. A single by Gentry himself scored Wayne Garrett in the fifth and the Mets added two more runs in the seventh on Garrett's triple to score Mike Jorgensen and Jerry Grote's single to bring home Garrett.
To start the bottom of the eighth, Gentry got Santo and Callison to fly out. Banks then came to bat and singled to left field, ending Gary's no-hit bid. Gentry got Jimmie Hall for another fly ball out to end the inning.
Gary hurled a hitless ninth to finish off the game. He hit pinch-hitter Willie Smith with a pitch, but allowed nothing else in the inning. The Mets had an easy win over their bitter '69 rival with a solid one-hitter by Gentry.