April 11, 1968: Koosman's First Shutout
|Date: April 11, 1968|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Art Shamsky|
|Key play: Shamsky's single in 6th|
The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Thursday night in Los Angeles. It was a pitching matchup of Jerry Koosman and Bill Singer in the Dodgers' first home game of the season. Koosman held the hosts to four hits and pitched his first career shutout as the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 4-0.
Koosman and Singer each hurled scoreless ball over the first five innings. Jerry allowed no hits to the Dodgers until Tom Haller singled in the bottom of the fifth. Singer yielded three singles in shutting down the Mets. Both pitchers recorded three strikeouts through the five innings.
In the top of the sixth, Ken Boswell led off with a triple for the Mets. Singer struck out Tommie Agee before walking Ron Swoboda and Ed Kranepool to load the bases. Art Shamsky singled to right field, bringing home Boswell and Swoboda for a 2-0 Mets lead. Singer recorded outs on the next two batters to stop further scoring. Koosman then kept Los Angeles scoreless in the bottom of the inning despite a double by Wes Parker.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Agee led off the top of the eighth against Singer. Tommie hit a ball to left field that was misplayed by Al Ferrara for a three-base error. Swoboda hit a single to score Agee and force Singer from the game. Relievers Hank Aguirre and Jack Billingham combined to hold down the Mets for the rest of the inning. The Dodgers then had two runners on base with one out in the bottom half, but Koosman got Parker on a line drive for an inning-ending double play.
In the ninth, Boswell's sacrifice fly off Vicente Romo scored Jerry Grote for the Mets' fourth run. Koosman got Rocky Colavito to ground into a double play for the first two outs in the bottom of the inning. Jerry then retired Bob Bailey on a fly ball to right fielder Swoboda for the final out of the game. The Mets had their first win of the season on Koosman's first major league shutout.