May 2, 1972: Gentry Two-Hits Giants

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Date: May 2, 1972
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones
Key play: Grote’s and Gentry’s singles, Jones’ home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Candlestick Park. Gary Gentry pitched a two-hitter in a 4-2 Mets win.

Giants’ starter Don Carrithers set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Gentry surrendered only a walk to Chris Speier in the bottom half and Rusty Staub singled to open the top of the second. Cleon Jones hit a single and Jim Fregosi lined out to left fielder Garry Maddox. Ed Kranepool was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bobby Bonds after which Staub advanced to third base. Jerry Grote singled to drive home Staub and a single by Gentry plated Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Carrithers got Bud Harrelson to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Tito Fuentes for the inning’s third out. Gentry then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Carrithers retired all three batters in the top of the third. Gentry pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Kranepool hit a two-out double in the top of the fourth. Grote was given an intentional walk and Gentry was struck out to end the inning. Bonds tripled for the Giants’ first hit to lead off the bottom half. Dave Kingman was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Kranepool. Ken Henderson got hit by a pitch and Maddox followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson to bring home Bonds. Maddox stole second base and Gentry retired Al Gallagher on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee to close out the inning.

Carrithers set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Gentry issued only a walk to Speier in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth, Jones slugged a home run for a 3-1 Mets lead. Fregosi was called out on strikes and Kranepool flied out to center fielder Henderson to finish off the inning. Gentry retired the Giants on three straight outfield fly balls in the bottom half and Carrithers held the Mets to a single by Harrelson in the top of the seventh. Gary then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Agee got a leadoff double against San Francisco reliever Jim Barr in the top of the eighth. Tommie advanced to third base on Staub’s ground out to Fuentes and a strikeout of Jones followed. With Fregosi at bat, Agee was caught stealing home via a throw from Barr to catcher Dave Rader for the final out of the inning. Gentry retired all three hitters in the bottom half and Fregosi walked to begin the top of the ninth. Kranepool hit a force play grounder to first baseman Kingman and a single by Grote ensued. On the play, Jerry moved to second base via an error by Maddox that allowed Kranepool to score, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Barr then fanned Gentry and got Harrelson on a fly ball to Maddox to close out the inning.

Bonds hit a triple to begin the bottom of the ninth. Kingman fouled out to Kranepool and a sacrifice fly by Henderson brought home Bonds with the Giants’ second run. Gentry then got Maddox to ground out to third baseman Fregosi and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory on Gary’s two-hitter.