Birds’ Bats Baffled … and Mets Take Series Lead


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(October 14, 1969) In Game Three of the 1969 World Series, the New York Mets shut out the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on the four-hit pitching of Gary Gentry and Nolan Ryan.

Gentry, the starter, allowed only three singles over 6.2 innings, striking out four and walking five. Ryan entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with runners at second and third with two outs. He induced Paul Blair to fly out to end the inning.

Shutout pitching from Gary Gentry (left) and Nolan Ryan propelled the New York Mets into a 2-1 lead in the 1969 World Series.

Ryan retired the next five Oriole batters before allowing a hit and two walks to load the bases in the ninth inning. He struck out Blair to end the game.

Tommie Agee got the Mets all the runs they would need with a lead-off home run against Jim Palmer. Catcher Jerry Grote and Gentry both had RBI doubles, and Ed Kranepool added another solo home run in the eighth inning off Dave Leonhard.

The game marked a turning point in this World Series and in Mets history. The Mets took a two-to-one lead in the Series, with the next two games scheduled for Shea Stadium and their aces, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, rested and ready to pitch.

The Mets wouldn’t need Gentry and Ryan again.



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