April 22, 1975: Thirteen Hits Put Away Cards

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Date: April 22, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Del Unser, Wayne Garrett, Rusty Staub
Key play: Unser’s two-run single, Garrett’s and Staub’s singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-seven-minute game. The Mets collected thirteen hits in a 9-5 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Wayne Garrett drew a walk against the Cards’ Lynn McGlothen to lead off the bottom half. Felix Millan followed with a double to advance Garrett to third base. Del Unser singled to drive home both Garrett and Millan. On his own hit, Unser moved to third via an error by right fielder Reggie Smith. Rusty Staub grounded out to McGlothen and a strikeout of Dave Kingman ensued. Ed Kranepool hit a single to score Unser and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. McGlothen then retired Jack Heidemann on a fly ball to Smith for the third out.

Koosman gave up only a double to Ted Simmons in the top of the second. McGlothen hurled a perfect bottom half and Jerry set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the third. Unser singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Staub fouled out to first baseman Keith Hernandez and a fly ball by Kingman was caught by center fielder Bake McBride to end the inning. McBride drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Smith followed with a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Koosman then fanned both Simmons and Ken Reitz to finish off the inning.

Kranepool singled to open the bottom of the fourth. Heidemann was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Lou Brock. Jerry Grote flied out to McBride and an infield single by Koosman ensued. Garrett hit a single to score Kranepool and advance Koosman to third base. Millan doubled to bring home Koosman for a 5-2 Mets lead. McGlothen then got Unser on a fly ball to McBride for the inning’s final out.

Koosman shut down the Redbirds in the top of the fifth. Staub doubled against Cardinals’ reliever John Curtis to begin the bottom half. Kingman went down on strikes and Kranepool grounded out to Hernandez. Heidemann drew a walk and Grote singled to score Staub, extending the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Curtis then retired Koosman on a foul pop-up to Hernandez that closed out the inning.

McBride was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the sixth. Smith singled and Simmons got a single to drive home McBride. Reitz grounded out to Koosman and a walk to Hernandez loaded the bases. Ed Brinkman was struck out and pinch-hitter Danny Cater grounded out to second baseman Millan to end the inning. St. Louis reliever Ray Sadecki then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Koosman pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Staub reached on second baseman Ted Sizemore’s error to begin the bottom of the inning. Kingman singled and Kranepool hit a force play ground ball to Sizemore. Sadecki was replaced on the mound by Cards’ reliever Elias Sosa, who walked Heidemann to load the bases. Grote followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Staub for a 7-3 Mets lead. Sosa then got Koosman on a force play grounder to shortstop Brinkman for the third out of the inning.

Hernandez and Brinkman got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Ted Martinez fouled out to third baseman Garrett to end the inning and Millan drew a one-out walk against Redbirds’ reliever Tommy Moore in the bottom half. Unser singled and advanced to third base on Staub’s single (the Mets’ thirteenth hit) that drove home Millan. Kingman reached on third baseman Reitz’s error to score Unser and increase the Mets’ lead to 9-3. Moore then retired both Kranepool and Heidemann on outfield fly balls to close out the inning.

Brock got a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Sizemore doubled to score Brock and moved to third base on McBride’s ground out to shortstop Heidemann. Smith hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Sizemore with the Cardinals’ fifth run. Simmons drew a walk and Koosman retired Reitz on a fly ball to right fielder Bob Gallagher for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.