July 21, 1968: Koosman Fans 12 in Shutout

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Date: July 21, 1968
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, J. C. Martin
Key play: Martin’s single

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Busch Memorial Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Jerry Koosman recorded twelve strikeouts in a 1-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Koosman and Cards’ starter Nelson Briles each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Jerry fanned seven batters and issued no walks while the Mets failed to score despite having runners on base in each inning against Briles. Cleon Jones singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Jones advanced to second base on Ed Kranepool’s ground out to second baseman Julian Javier. J. C. Martin hit a single to drive home Jones with the first run of the game. Ron Swoboda drew a walk and Jerry Buchek singled to load the bases. Briles retired Al Weis on a fly ball to left fielder Ron Davis for the inning’s third out. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Larry Stahl got a two-out single in the top of the seventh. Stahl stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jones drew a walk and Kranepool flied out to center fielder Curt Flood to end the inning. Koosman struck out Orlando Cepeda and Mike Shannon to begin the bottom half. Johnny Edwards and Bobby Tolan followed with back-to-back singles. Jerry then got Dal Maxvill on a line drive to center fielder Tommie Agee to close out the inning.

Briles set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Flood was struck out and Davis hit a ground ball to third baseman Buchek for an inning-ending double play. St. Louis reliever Joe Hoerner hurled a perfect top of the ninth and Javier grounded out to Koosman to open the bottom half. Cepeda went down on strikes. Koosman then fanned Shannon for his twelfth strikeout to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout and a split of the doubleheader.