April 19, 1977: Koosman and Lockwood Six-Hit Cards

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Date: April 19, 1977
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Skip Lockwood, Mike Vail, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Vail’s single, Kranepool’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jerry Koosman and Skip Lockwood combined on a six-hitter in a 5-2 Mets win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Cards’ starter Pete Falcone surrendered just a walk to Dave Kingman in the top of the second. Ted Simmons singled against Koosman to lead off the bottom half. Roger Freed popped out to second baseman Felix Millan and a home run by Hector Cruz put the Redbirds ahead, 2-0. Ken Reitz was retired on a ground ball to Millan. Koosman then struck out Mike Tyson to end the inning.

Falcone and Koosman each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Lee Mazzilli got an infield single with two outs in the top of the fifth. Millan doubled to drive home Mazzilli and scored on a single by Mike Vail to tie the game at 2-2. Kingman flied out to center fielder Tony Scott to finish off the inning and Reitz hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Tyson went down on strikes and Falcone grounded out to first baseman Joe Torre. Koosman then walked Joel Youngblood and retired Garry Templeton on a grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson to close out the inning.

Torre drew a walk against Falcone to begin the top of the sixth. Pinch-runner John Milner advanced to second base on Roy Staiger’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by John Stearns. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool hit a sacrifice fly against St. Louis reliever Clay Carroll to drive home Milner for a 3-2 Mets lead. Carroll struck out Koosman to end the inning and Scott doubled to open the bottom half. Simmons flied out to center fielder Mazzilli and a pop-up by Freed was caught by Millan. Koosman then fanned Cruz for the inning’s final out.

Millan reached second base on shortstop Templeton’s error with one out in the top of the seventh. Carroll issued a walk to Vail and recorded a strikeout of Kingman. Milner singled against Cardinals’ reliever Buddy Schultz to bring home Millan and send Vail to third base. Schultz got Staiger to hit a force play ground ball to Templeton that closed out the inning. Koosman then set down the Redbirds in order in the bottom half.

Stearns singled against Cards’ reliever John Sutton to lead off the top of the eighth. Mike Phillips hit a double to send Stearns to third base. Koosman followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Stearns with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Mazzilli drew a walk and stole second. St. Louis’s John Urrea retired the next two batters to end the inning and Youngblood singled (and moved to second on a balk) to open the bottom half. Koosman struck out Templeton and got Scott to ground out to third baseman Staiger. Simmons was hit by a pitch and Freed drew a walk to load the bases. Lockwood then came in to pitch for the Mets and retired pinch-hitter Keith Hernandez on a foul fly ball to left fielder Milner to finish off the inning.

Urrea shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Reitz singled for the Cardinals’ sixth hit to begin the bottom half. Lockwood followed up with strikeouts of both Tyson and pinch-hitter Bake McBride. Skip then retired pinch-hitter Lou Brock on a fly ball to Mazzilli for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory over the Redbirds.