April 29, 1973: Koosman Pitches Four-Hit Shutout

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Date: April 29, 1973
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Jerry Grote, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Grote’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jerry Koosman pitched a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Braves’ starter Carl Morton retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Koosman hurled a scoreless bottom half and Ed Kranepool singled with one out in the top of the second. Kranepool advanced to third base on Wayne Garrett’s single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Grote for a one-run Mets lead. Bud Harrelson was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Ralph Garr, who got a two-out single in the bottom half. Koosman then struck out Paul Casanova to finish off the inning.

A single by Koosman opened the top of the third. Jerry moved to second base on Ted Martinez’s sacrifice bunt and a fly ball by Felix Millan was caught by right fielder Hank Aaron. George Theodore bunted for a single and Morton got Rusty Staub on a ground ball to first baseman Darrell Evans for the inning’s third out. Rod Gilbreath singled with two outs in the bottom half. Koosman then retired Oscar Brown on a grounder to catcher Grote to end the inning.

Koosman and Morton each hurled perfect fourth and fifth innings. Morton set down the Mets in order again in the top of the sixth and pinch-hitter Larvell Blanks singled with one out in the bottom half. Brown hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson to close out the inning and Kranepool got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Garrett hit a grounder to Evans for a double play. Grote was retired on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Davey Johnson, who singled for the Braves’ fourth hit with one out in the bottom half. Evans flied out to center fielder Martinez. Koosman then threw a called third strike past Garr for the inning’s final out.

Morton yielded only a single to Martinez in the top of the eighth. Koosman retired all three batters in the bottom half and Atlanta reliever Danny Frisella gave up only a double to Theodore in the top of the ninth. Blanks grounded out to Harrelson to open the bottom of the inning. Brown was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Millan. Koosman then got Aaron to pop out to Millan and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.