July 30, 1974: Mets Come Back for DH Split

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Date: July 30, 1974
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Pirates: 3
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones
Key play: Kranepool’s home run, Jones’ double

The Mets and Pirates faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. A comeback from a three-run deficit gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Jerry Koosman and Bucs’ starter Bruce Kison each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. With one out in the top of the fourth, Al Oliver singled to center field. Dave Augustine followed with a single to left and Bob Robertson popped out to shortstop Bud Harrelson. A double by Manny Sanguillen drove home Oliver and Augustine for a 2-0 Pirates lead. Richie Hebner reached on an error by left fielder Cleon Jones that allowed Sanguillen to score the third Pittsburgh run. Mario Mendoza was given an intentional walk and Koosman retired Kison on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Don Hahn. The Mets were then set down in order by Kison in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fifth inning, Koosman hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Jerry Grote got a one-out single in the bottom half. Jones reached base on an error by shortstop Mendoza. Ed Kranepool followed with a three-run homer to tie the game. John Milner flied out to center fielder Oliver and a single by Ken Boswell ensued. Trying to advance on the hit, Boswell was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Augustine to Mendoza to end the inning. Koosman shut down the Bucs in the top of the seventh. Kison then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Koosman set down all three Pittsburgh batters in the top of the eighth. Grote singled with one out in the bottom half. Jones hit a double to right field that drove home Grote and put the Mets ahead by a run. Pirates’ reliever Ramon Hernandez came in to pitch and got Kranepool to fly out to Augustine. Jones was then caught at second base on Augustine’s throw to Mendoza to complete an inning-ending double play.

Robertson fouled out to first baseman Milner to open the top of the ninth. Sanguillen followed with a single to center field. Trying to move to second on the hit, Sanguillen was caught via a throw by Hahn to Harrelson for the inning’s second out. Koosman then retired Hebner on a ground ball to Milner to end the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader.