July 3, 1975: Koosman and Milner Lead Mets Past Cubs

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Date: July 3, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, John Milner
Key play: Milner’s home run, Koosman’s double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Jerry Koosman and John Milner led the way as the Mets defeated Chicago, 4-0.

Koosman and the Cubs’ Rick Reuschel each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Jerry yielded three singles (one to Reuschel, two to Jose Cardenal) and no walks while the Mets came up empty despite six singles against the Chicago starter. Koosman surrendered only a walk to Cardenal in the top of the sixth. Rusty Staub hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Milner followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Dave Kingman grounded out to third baseman Rob Sperring and a single by Del Unser followed. John Stearns was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Jerry Morales. Reuschel then got Koosman on a grounder to Sperring to close out the inning.

Koosman gave up just a walk to Andre Thornton in the top of the seventh. Reuschel hurled a scoreless bottom half and Don Kessinger drew a walk with two outs in the top of the eighth. Cardenal doubled to send Kessinger to third base and Morales was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Mike Phillips. Unser and Stearns got back-to-back singles against Chicago reliever Oscar Zamora with two outs in the bottom half. Koosman hit a double to drive home Unser and Stearns with the Mets’ third and fourth runs. Zamora then struck out Phillips to end the inning.

Thornton flied out to center fielder Unser to lead off the top of the ninth. George Mitterwald was also retired on a fly ball to Unser. Koosman then got Manny Trillo to fly out to right fielder Staub and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jerry’s four-hitter.