June 2, 1969: Koosman's Five-Hitter Stifles Dodgers

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Date: June 2, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Jerry Grote, Al Weis
Key play: Grote's RBI single, Weis's double

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jerry Koosman hurled a five-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Koosman gave up a single to Willie Davis and a pair of walks in pitching shutout ball from the first inning to the third. The Dodgers' Claude Osteen responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Koosman yielded only a double to Bill Sudakis in the top of the fourth. Tommie Agee singled to open the bottom of the inning. Cleon Jones hit a force play grounder to third baseman Sudakis and a fly ball by Ron Swoboda was caught by right fielder Bill Russell. Ed Charles drew a walk and Jerry Grote singled to drive home Jones. Al Weis hit a double to score Charles for a 2-0 Mets lead. Osteen then threw a called third strike past Koosman to close out the inning.

Koosman held the Dodgers to one hit from the fifth inning to the seventh. Osteen shut down the Mets in the bottom halves and Russell connected for a solo home run with two outs in the top of the eighth. Davis flied out to left fielder Swoboda to end the inning and Los Angeles reliever Pete Mikkelsen retired the side in order in the bottom half. Wes Parker doubled for the Dodgers' fifth hit to begin the top of the ninth. On his own hit, Parker moved to third base via an error by right fielder Rod Gaspar. Andy Kosco popped out to second baseman Weis and a pop-up by Sudakis was caught by third baseman Charles. Koosman then got Jim Lefebvre to fly out to Swoboda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to put their won-lost record at the .500 mark (23-23) for the season.