August 17, 1969: Koosman and Dyer Bury Padres

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Date: August 17, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Duffy Dyer
Key play: Dyer’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. Jerry Koosman took the mound for the Mets in the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Koosman pitched a complete game and Duffy Dyer slugged a three-run homer for a 3-2 Mets win over San Diego.

Roberto Pena singled with one out in the top of the first inning. Ollie Brown hit a double and Al Ferrara was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ivan Murrell followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Bud Harrelson that drove home Pena for a 1-0 Padres lead. Koosman got Ed Spiezio on a force play grounder to Harrelson for the third out. San Diego starter Joe Niekro then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Koosman and Niekro each retired all nine batters they faced from the second inning to the fourth. Tommy Dean drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Niekro’s sacrifice bunt advanced Dean to second base. A single by Jose Arcia scored Dean with the Padres’ second run. With Pena at bat, Arcia was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Dyer to second baseman Wayne Garrett for the final out of the inning.

Donn Clendenon hit a single with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Harrelson singled to send Clendenon to third base. Dyer followed with a homer that put the Mets ahead by a run. Koosman lined out to center fielder Murrell and a single by Tommie Agee ensued. With Bobby Pfeil at the plate, catcher Chris Cannizzaro threw to second baseman Arcia to catch Agee on a steal attempt and close out the inning.

Koosman and Niekro each set down the side in order in the sixth. Murrell opened the top of the seventh with a single to left field. Spiezio went down on strikes and Cannizzaro grounded to third baseman Pfeil for an inning-ending double play. Niekro hurled a perfect bottom half and Koosman retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. San Diego reliever Frank Reberger then got all three batters on infield ground balls in the bottom of the inning.

Pena flied out to right fielder Rod Gaspar to begin the top of the ninth. Brown singled and Ferrara lined out to center fielder Agee. Koosman then struck out Murrell to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.