June 18, 1969: Koosman Hurls Four-Hit Shutout

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Date: June 18, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ed Kranepool, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Kranepool’s and Garrett’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Jerry Koosman pitched a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Rick Wise gave up just a single to Tommie Agee in the top of the first inning. Koosman hurled a perfect bottom half and Art Shamsky doubled to open the top of the second. Ed Kranepool went down on strikes and J. C. Martin hit a single. Trying to score on Martin’s hit, Shamsky was out via a throw by right fielder Johnny Callison to catcher Mike Ryan. Bud Harrelson drew a walk and Wise fanned Koosman for the inning’s third out. Jerry set down the side in order in the bottom half and Wise yielded only a single to Wayne Garrett in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Wise hit a double to right-center field. Koosman then retired Tony Taylor on a line drive to right fielder Shamsky for the inning’s third out.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Martin reached on an error by second baseman Cookie Rojas. Harrelson drew a walk and Koosman was called out on strikes to end the inning. Callison hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Dick Allen was given an intentional walk and Larry Hisle hit a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for an inning-ending double play. Ken Boswell singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Garrett followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Terry Harmon for the inning’s final outs. Koosman then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Cleon Jones hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Jones advanced to third base on Shamsky’s ground out to first baseman Allen. Kranepool hit a single to bring home Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Martin was struck out and Harrelson drew a walk. Wise threw a called third strike past Koosman to finish off the inning. Jerry then limited the Phillies to a single by Rojas in the bottom half.

Agee singled against Wise to open the top of the seventh. On his own hit, Agee moved to second base via an error by left fielder Johnny Briggs. Tommie went to third after Boswell’s fly out to center fielder Hisle. Garrett hit a single to score Agee with the Mets’ second run of the game. Jones singled and Philadelphia reliever Al Raffo threw a called third strike past Shamsky. Raffo retired Kranepool on an inning-ending fly ball to Hisle. Koosman then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Raffo hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Koosman retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Phillies’ reliever Turk Farrell set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, Taylor singled for the Phils’ fourth hit. Rojas lined out to right fielder Rod Gaspar and a fly ball by Callison was caught by left fielder Jones. Koosman then got Allen to pop out to first baseman Kranepool and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.