August 6, 1972: Eleven Hits Rout Cubs

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Date: August 6, 1972
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 12
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones, John Milner, Jim Fregosi
Key play: Jones’ and Milner’s home runs, Fregosi’s double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected eleven hits in a 12-2 win over Chicago.

Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Wayne Garrett drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Willie Mays flied out to right fielder Tommy Davis and a two-run homer by Cleon Jones followed. John Milner hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Cubs’ starter Burt Hooton then struck out Jim Fregosi to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Koosman retired the side in order in the top of the third. Jones hit a one-out single against Hooton in the bottom half. Cleon advanced to second base on a wild pitch and came home on a triple by Milner. Chicago reliever Dan McGinn issued an intentional walk to Fregosi. Ken Boswell followed with a single that drove home Milner. On the play, Davis made an error that allowed Fregosi to score and Boswell to move to third. Duffy Dyer hit a single to plate Boswell for a 7-0 Mets lead. A sacrifice bunt by Koosman advanced Dyer to second. McGinn then threw a called third strike past Tommie Agee to close out the inning.

Billy Williams drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Jim Hickman went down on strikes and Ron Santo singled to send Williams to third base. Jose Cardenal hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Fregosi to bring home Williams with the Cubs’ first run of the game. Koosman retired Davis on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Mays. McGinn then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Koosman surrendered only a walk to Don Kessinger in the top of the fifth. Fregosi walked against Chicago’s Tom Phoebus to open the bottom of the inning. Boswell fouled out to third baseman Santo and an infield single by Dyer ensued. Koosman hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Kessinger to end the inning and pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Agee and Garrett drew back-to-back walks to begin the bottom half. Mays was struck out and Jones doubled to score Agee. Milner was given an intentional walk that loaded the bases. Fregosi hit a double to drive home Garrett and Jones with Milner advancing to third base. Boswell walked and Dyer was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Santo, after which Milner came home to lengthen the New York lead to 11-1. Phoebus then struck out Koosman to finish off the inning.

Koosman yielded only a single to Davis in the top of the seventh. Phoebus hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jerry gave up just a double to Kessinger in the top of the eighth. Fregosi doubled against Cubs’ reliever Steve Hamilton to lead off the bottom of the inning. Lute Barnes (in his first major league at bat) singled for the Mets’ eleventh hit to bring home pinch-runner Ted Martinez with the twelfth New York run. Dyer was retired on a line drive to Kessinger. Hamilton then fanned both Koosman and Dave Schneck to close out the inning.

Hickman flied out to center fielder Schneck to begin the top of the ninth. Santo followed with a homer for the second Chicago run. Cardenal was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Jim Beauchamp. Koosman then got Davis to ground out to second baseman Barnes and end the game. The Mets had an easy victory to conclude the weekend series.