June 15, 1974: Koosman Seven-Hits Dodgers

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Date: June 15, 1974
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Rusty Staub
Key play: Staub’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 37,092 fans on hand. Jerry Koosman pitched a seven-hit complete game in a 4-1 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Dave Lopes hit a double to lead off the top of the first inning. Bill Russell singled to score Lopes for a quick one-run Dodgers lead. Jim Wynn lined out to third baseman Ken Boswell, who threw to first baseman George Theodore for an out on Russell and a double play. Koosman then retired Steve Garvey on a ground ball to Theodore to close out the inning.

Don Hahn drew a walk against Los Angeles starter Doug Rau to begin the bottom of the first. Felix Millan singled and a sacrifice bunt by Theodore advanced the runners to second and third base. Cleon Jones grounded out to shortstop Russell to bring home Hahn with the tying run. Rusty Staub hit a single to score Millan and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Rau then got Jerry Grote on a pop-up to second baseman Lopes for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless second and third innings, Koosman gave up only a double to Garvey in the top of the fourth. Staub hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom half. Grote singled and Ted Martinez flied out to center fielder Wynn. Boswell grounded out to Lopes to end the inning and Koosman shut down the Dodgers in the top of the fifth. Hahn hit a one-out double against Rau in the bottom of the inning. Millan followed with a single that scored Hahn with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Los Angeles reliever Charlie Hough then got Theodore on a grounder to Russell for an inning-ending double play.

Koosman held the Dodgers to a single by Wynn in the top of the sixth. Hough pitched a scoreless bottom half and Joe Ferguson reached second base on Boswell’s error to begin the top of the seventh. Koosman set down the next three Los Angeles batters and Boswell got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Koosman’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Bud Harrelson to second and Hahn was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Steve Yeager. Hough then retired Millan on a ground ball to Russell that finished off the inning.

Koosman yielded just a single to Lopes in the top of the eighth. Dodgers’ reliever Mike Marshall hurled a scoreless bottom half and Garvey popped out to third baseman Wayne Garrett to open the top of the ninth. Ferguson singled and Ron Cey flied out to center fielder Hahn. Tom Paciorek got a single for the seventh Los Angeles hit. Koosman then struck out pinch-hitter Ken McMullen to end the game. The Mets had a victory over the National League West Division leaders.