September 28, 1969: Mets Blank Phils for Third Straight Day

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Date: September 28, 1969
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Jim Gosger
Key play: Gentry’s sacrifice fly, Gosger’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game weekend series. The Mets recorded a 2-0 win for their third straight shutout of the Phils.

Gary Gentry and the Phillies’ Jerry Johnson each pitched a scoreless first inning. Ed Kranepool drew a walk to lead off the top of the second. Wayne Garrett singled and Jim Gosger followed with a double to drive home Kranepool. J. C. Martin was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Dick Allen and an intentional walk to Bob Heise loaded the bases. Gentry hit a sacrifice fly to score Garrett with the Mets’ second run. Johnson got Cleon Jones on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Johnny Callison. Gentry then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Johnson retired all nine Mets batters from the third inning to the fifth. Gentry responded with three scoreless bottom halves, allowing only a double to Don Money. Johnson hurled a scoreless top of the sixth and Tony Taylor singled against Mets’ reliever Nolan Ryan with one out in the bottom of the inning. Callison drew a walk and Allen flied out to right fielder Art Shamsky. An ensuing walk to Deron Johnson loaded the bases. Ryan then threw a called third strike past Ron Stone to close out the inning.

Garrett led off the top of the seventh with a double to right field. Gosger grounded out to shortstop Money and a walk to Martin ensued. Jerry Johnson fanned Heise and Ryan to end the inning and Nolan shut down the Phillies in the bottom half. Philadelphia reliever Lowell Palmer pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Ryan then retired the Phils in order in the bottom of the inning.

Palmer set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor got Deron Johnson to ground out to third baseman Garrett to begin the bottom half. Stone drew a walk and Dave Watkins flied out to center fielder Gosger. Ron Taylor then retired Money on a fly ball to right fielder Rod Gaspar to end the game. The Mets had completed a series sweep of three shutouts over the Phillies.