May 27, 1970: Gentry Blanks Cards on Three Hits

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Date: May 27, 1970
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Jones’ two-run single, Agee’s and Clendenon’s double steals

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a one-hour and fifty-eight-minute game. Gary Gentry pitched a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Gentry and the Cards’ Steve Carlton each hurled scoreless and hitless first and second innings. Mike Shannon doubled to lead off the top of the third. Gentry struck out the next three Redbirds batters to end the inning and Cleon Jones got a single with one out in the bottom half. On his own hit, Jones advanced to second base via an error by Carlton. Bud Harrelson popped out to second baseman Julian Javier and a walk to Tommie Agee ensued. Carlton then fanned Donn Clendenon for the inning’s third out.

Gentry surrendered only a walk to Joe Torre in the top of the fourth. Joe Foy drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Jerry Grote singled to send Foy to third base and moved to second on a throw. Al Weis was walked intentionally to load the bases and Gentry went down on strikes. Jones hit a single to drive home Foy and Grote for a 2-0 Mets lead. Carlton then retired Harrelson on a fly ball to center fielder Vic Davalillo to finish off the inning.

Gentry yielded just a single to Dal Maxvill in the top of the fifth. Agee drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Clendenon singled and Ron Swoboda was struck out. Foy popped out to Javier and a fly ball by Grote was caught by Davalillo to end the inning. Gentry hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Carlton set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Gary then held the Cardinals to a walk to Javier in the top of the seventh.

Harrelson walked to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Agee hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Maxvill and a single by Clendenon followed. With Swoboda at the plate, Clendenon and Agee pulled off a double steal of second and third, respectively. On another double steal, Donn reached third and Tommie scored the Mets’ third run of the game. Carlton then fanned Swoboda and retired Foy on a grounder to Maxvill to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Lou Brock singled for the Cards’ third hit with one out in the top of the eighth. Davalillo grounded to shortstop Harrelson for an inning-ending double play and St. Louis reliever Chuck Taylor pitched a perfect bottom half. Leron Lee went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Dick Allen popped out to second baseman Weis and an error by third baseman Foy allowed Torre to reach base. Gentry then retired Joe Hague on a grounder to Weis for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Gary’s shutout.