August 15, 1976: Koosman Shuts Out Reds on Five Hits

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Date: August 15, 1976
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Bruce Boisclair
Key play: Boisclair’s single

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jerry Koosman pitched a five-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Koosman hurled a perfect top of the first inning. Felix Millan singled against Reds’ starter Gary Nolan with one out in the bottom half. John Milner hit a double to advance Millan to third base and Nolan struck out both Mike Vail and Joe Torre to end the inning. George Foster got a leadoff single in the top of the second. Tony Perez was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Vail. Bob Bailey followed with a ground ball to third baseman Roy Staiger for an inning-ending double play. Nolan then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Koosman and Nolan each hurled a perfect third. Ed Armbrister doubled to begin the top of the fourth. Dave Concepcion hit a grounder on which Staiger tagged out Armbrister and threw to first baseman Torre for a double play. Koosman fanned Johnny Bench to end the inning and Nolan held the Mets to a single by Milner in the bottom half. Jerry retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and Staiger singled to open the bottom of the inning. Bud Harrelson hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Concepcion and moved to second base on Koosman’s sacrifice bunt. Bruce Boisclair singled to drive home Harrelson and put the Mets ahead by a run. Millan hit a single and Milner was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Armbrister to close out the inning.

Koosman yielded only a single to Doug Flynn in the top of the sixth. Nolan gave up just a single to Torre in the bottom half and Foster singled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Perez grounded out to second baseman Millan to end the inning and Koosman got a one-out single in the bottom half. Boisclair hit a force play grounder back to Nolan, who followed up with a strikeout of Millan to finish off the inning. Koosman limited the Reds to a single by Flynn in the top of the eighth. Cincinnati reliever Rawly Eastwick then yielded just a single to Torre in the bottom half.

Koosman threw a called third strike past Armbrister (his eleventh strikeout of the game) to begin the top of the ninth. Concepcion was retired on a line drive to Staiger. Jerry then got Bench to fly out to center fielder Leon Brown and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Koosman’s five-hitter.