September 17, 1971: Gentry and Three Homers Beat Bucs
|Date: September 17, 1971|
|Mets starter: Gary Gentry|
|Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry|
|Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Ted Martinez, Ken Singleton, Ed Kranepool|
|Key play: Mets’ three home runs|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Friday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Gary Gentry’s three-hitter and a trio of homers produced a 3-0 Mets win over the Bucs.
Leading off the top of the first inning, Ted Martinez hit his first major league home run for a quick 1-0 Mets lead. Pirates’ starter Nelson Briles set down the next three batters and Gentry pitched a perfect bottom half. Ken Singleton homered with one out in the top of the second for another New York run. Duffy Dyer was called out on strikes and Briles retired Tim Foli on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Jackie Hernandez. Gentry then set down the Bucs in order in the bottom half.
After hurling a perfect top of the third, Briles got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Rennie Stennett followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the inning’s third out. With one out in the top of the fourth, Ed Kranepool homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Mike Jorgensen was struck out and Singleton flied out to left fielder Gene Clines to end the inning. Gentry then yielded only a single to Al Oliver in the bottom half.
Dyer and Foli got back-to-back singles to open the top of the fifth. Gentry hit a grounder on which first baseman Bob Robertson threw to third baseman Richie Hebner for a force out on Dyer. Martinez grounded to Hebner for an inning-ending double play and Gentry retired all three Pittsburgh batters on outfield fly balls in the bottom half. Briles set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Gentry then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Bucs’ reliever Bruce Kison hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Gentry retired the side in order in the bottom half and Kison gave up just a single to Martinez in the top of the eighth. Clines drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gentry followed up with consecutive strikeouts of pinch-hitters Carl Taylor and Bill Mazeroski. Gary got Stennett to fly out to center fielder Jorgensen and finish off the inning. Pittsburgh reliever Dave Giusti then set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
Vic Davalillo singled for the Pirates’ third hit to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Oliver flied out to left fielder Dave Marshall and a fly ball by Milt May was caught by Jorgensen. Gentry then retired Hebner on a grounder to first baseman Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Gary’s three-hit shutout.