August 17, 1975: Seaver Wins, Koosman Saves

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Date: August 17, 1975
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Mike Phillips, Del Unser
Key play: Unser’s double in 3rd, Phillips’ triple in 5th, Koosman’s relief

The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Tom Seaver recorded his 17th win of the season and Jerry Koosman got the save in a 3-0 Mets victory over San Francisco.

Seaver and Giants’ starter John Montefusco each pitched scoreless and hitless first and second innings. Tom retired all six San Francisco batters, striking out the last four. Montefusco surrendered only a walk to Joe Torre in shutting down the Mets. In the top of the third, Dave Rader led off with a single and Steve Ontiveros drew a walk. Seaver struck out Montefusco and got Von Joshua to hit into a force play. Tom then retired Derrel Thomas on a ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan to end the inning.

Mike Phillips hit a double to begin the bottom of the third. A sacrifice bunt by Seaver advanced Phillips to third base. Del Unser followed with a double to score Phillips for a 1-0 Mets lead. Montefusco set down Millan and Ed Kranepool for the last two outs of the inning. After a scoreless fourth, Seaver shut down the Giants again in the top of the fifth.

Leading off the bottom of the fifth inning, Phillips tripled to right field. Seaver’s ensuing single drove home Phillips for the Mets’ second run. Unser flied out to right fielder Gary Thomasson and a double by Millan moved Seaver to third. Kranepool was walked intentionally and Rusty Staub hit a sacrifice fly to score Seaver. Montefusco struck out Torre to end the inning. Seaver and Montefusco then pitched a scoreless sixth.

Seaver held the Giants without a run again in the top of the seventh inning. San Francisco reliever Mike Caldwell pitched a perfect bottom half. Ontiveros drew a one-out walk and went to second on pinch-hitter Glenn Adams’ single in the top of the eighth. Koosman came in to relieve Seaver and got Joshua to hit into a force play. Thomas hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wayne Garrett for the third out of the inning. Giants’ reliever Charlie Williams then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

A single by Willie Montanez opened the top of the ninth. Gary Matthews hit a grounder back to Koosman for a double play. Jerry then threw a called third strike past Chris Speier to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing triumph with Seaver getting the win and Koosman chalking up a save.

Notes

  • The save for Koosman was the second of his career.
  • Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day. He was not present for the game.