July 12, 1968: Koosman Shuts Out Cubs

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Date: July 12, 1968
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Jerry Grote, Ed Charles
Key play: Charles' single in third, Grote's homer in 6th

It was the Mets against the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. Jerry Koosman allowed six scattered singles in recording the fourth shutout of his rookie season. The Mets defeated Chicago, 4-0.

The Mets got a run off Cubs' starter Ken Holtzman in the bottom of the third inning. Cleon Jones got a single with two out and Ron Swoboda was hit by a pitch. Ed Charles singled to center field to score Jones from second base.

In the fourth, Koosman got Randy Hundley to fly out with two out and two runners on base. Jerry then retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth innings. The Mets scored twice more when Charles singled and Jerry Grote followed with a home run in the bottom of the sixth. Later in the inning, Holtzman was relieved by Jack Lamabe.

Grote's two-out single off Lamabe in the seventh scored Phil Linz with the Mets' fourth run. Koosman got through the eighth when he caught Glenn Beckert's line drive with two out and two on base. Jerry then retired the Cubs in the ninth to finish his shutout. It was Koosman's ninth complete game of the year and the win brought his record for the season to 12-4.