June 14, 1968: Mets Bury Giants With Ten Hits
|Date: June 14, 1968|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Don Bosch, Jerry Buchek|
|Key play: Bosch’s and Buchek’s home runs in 3rd|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets collected a total of ten hits in a 7-3 win over San Francisco.
Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman shut down the Giants in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Phil Linz singled against San Francisco’s Mike McCormick. Jerry Grote hit a single on which Linz advanced to third base. Ed Charles followed with a single to drive home Linz. On McCormick’s third strike to Jerry Buchek, Grote was caught stealing via a throw by catcher Bob Barton to third baseman Jim Ray Hart for an inning-ending double play.
Koosman and McCormick each allowed a single in a scoreless second inning. The Giants were set down in order by Koosman in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom half, Don Bosch hit his first major league home run. Linz drew a walk and Grote flied out to right fielder Jesus Alou. Charles singled and Buchek slugged a three-run homer for a 5-0 Mets lead. Ron Herbel replaced McCormick on the mound and retired J. C. Martin on a ground ball to second baseman Ron Hunt. Herbel then got Tommie Agee to fly out to Alou and end the inning.
Willie Mays singled to begin the top of the fourth. Hart hit a single and Jim Davenport followed with a double play grounder to third baseman Charles. Hunt reached on an error by shortstop Al Weis that allowed Mays to score from third. Hunt stole second and Koosman retired Barton on a ground ball to Weis for the third out of the inning. Herbel set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Koosman hurled a scoreless top of the fifth and Linz opened the bottom half with a single against San Francisco reliever Joe Gibbon. Grote hit a grounder to shortstop Davenport for a double play. Gibbon then struck out Charles to end the inning.
Koosman retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Buchek was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half. On Martin’s ensuing bunt, Hunt mishandled a throw by Gibbon. Trying to score on the error, Buchek was out at the plate on Hunt’s throw to Barton as Martin reached third base. J. C. came home to score on a wild pitch. Gibbon got Agee to ground out to Davenport and retired Weis on an inning-ending foul fly ball to Alou. Koosman held San Francisco to a single by Barton in a scoreless top of the seventh. Giants’ reliever Lindy McDaniel then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.
Koosman set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Grote singled to lead off the bottom half. Charles’ sacrifice bunt moved Grote to second base and Buchek went down on strikes. Martin hit a single for the Mets’ tenth hit of the game, scoring Grote for a 7-1 New York lead. McDaniel then retired Agee on a grounder to Davenport to close out the inning.
Hart grounded out to second baseman Linz to start the top of the ninth. Davenport singled to left field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Hunt drew a walk and Barton flied out to right fielder Agee. Pinch-hitter Jack Hiatt doubled to drive home Davenport and Hunt. Koosman then got Alou to fly out to Agee and end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.
- Buchek's home run was the 22nd and last of his seven-year major league career.