April 23, 1969: Koosman Shuts Out Pirates

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Date: April 23, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Jones’ and Kranepool’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and seventeen-minute game. Jerry Koosman pitched a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Koosman shut down the Bucs in the top of the first inning. Ken Boswell hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Amos Otis fouled out to first baseman Bob Robertson and a single by Cleon Jones scored Boswell for a 1-0 Mets lead. Pirates’ starter Jim Bunning then retired Ed Kranepool on a fly ball to center fielder Matty Alou for the third out.

Koosman hurled a perfect top of the second. Bunning set down the side in order in the bottom half and reached on second baseman Boswell’s error with one out in the top of the third inning. Alou hit a single and Ron Davis drew a walk that loaded the bases. Koosman got Roberto Clemente to fly out to right fielder Ron Swoboda and fanned Robertson to end the inning. Bunning then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

Koosman set down the Pirates 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Jones hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Kranepool singled to drive home Jones with the Mets’ second run of the game. J. C. Martin popped out to second baseman Bill Mazeroski and a walk to Swoboda ensued. Bunning then threw a called third strike past Kevin Collins for the inning’s final out.

Koosman gave up just a single to Freddie Patek in the top of the fifth. Bunning hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jerry retired all three Pittsburgh hitters in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jones singled to right field. Kranepool followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Jose Pagan. Bunning struck out Martin to end the inning and Manny Sanguillen got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Koosman retired both Patek and pinch-hitter Jerry May on fly balls to center fielder Otis for the second and third outs of the inning. Pirates’ reliever Jim Shellenback then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Alou doubled to lead off the top of the eighth. Davis popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a fly ball by Clemente was caught by Otis. Alou moved to third base on a wild pitch and Robertson drew a walk. Koosman threw a called third strike past Pagan to finish off the inning. Shellenback then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mazeroski singled for the Bucs’ fifth hit to begin the top of the ninth. Sanguillen popped out to Boswell and a strikeout of Patek followed. Koosman then got pinch-hitter Willie Stargell on a line drive to Swoboda to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.

Notes

  • This was the 400th win for the Mets in their history.