July 1, 1972: Koosman and Marshall Bury Expos

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Date: July 1, 1972
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Dave Marshall
Key play: Marshall’s single and home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Jarry Park. Jerry Koosman pitched a shutout and Dave Marshall drove in two runs for a 2-0 Mets win.

Koosman and the Expos’ Mike Torrez each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. With one out in the top of the third, Bud Harrelson singled and advanced to second base on an error by first baseman John Boccabella. Marshall followed with a single to score Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Torrez retired John Milner on a ground ball to Boccabella that ended the inning and hit a two-out single in the bottom half. Koosman then got Ron Hunt on a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson for the inning’s third out.

Ted Martinez tripled with two outs in the top of the fourth. Duffy Dyer was given an intentional walk and Torrez struck out Koosman to finish off the inning. Jerry surrendered just a walk to Tim Foli in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Marshall homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Torrez retired Milner on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Hector Torres. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Wayne Garrett singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Martinez flied out to center fielder Ron Woods and a strikeout of Dyer ended the inning. Torres hit a single to open the bottom half. Torrez went down on strikes and Hunt popped out to second baseman Ken Boswell. Koosman retired Foli on a pop-up to Boswell to close out the inning and singled to begin the top of the seventh. Willie Mays hit a force play grounder to third baseman Hunt. Harrelson was hit by a pitch and Marshall grounded to Torres for an inning-ending double play. Koosman then retired all three Montreal batters in the bottom half.

Torrez set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Koosman hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Martinez singled to open the top of the ninth. With Dyer at bat, Martinez was caught stealing on catcher Terry Humphrey’s throw to Torres. Torrez retired Dyer on a fly ball to left fielder Bob Bailey and fanned Koosman for the final out of the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Hunt singled and moved to second base on an error by left fielder Martinez. Koosman then fanned Foli and got Clyde Mashore on a pop-up to first baseman Ed Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.