June 20, 1974: Staub's Double Beats Phils

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Date: June 20, 1974
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Rusty Staub, Jerry Koosman
Key play: Staub’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a series at Veterans Stadium. Rusty Staub hit a two-run double to lift the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Phils.

Phillies’ starter Dick Ruthven retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Dave Cash singled against the Mets’ Jerry Koosman to lead off the bottom half. Cash moved to second base on Larry Bowa’s sacrifice bunt and Mike Schmidt grounded out to third baseman Ken Boswell. With Mike Anderson at bat, Cash went to third on second baseman Felix Millan’s error of a pickoff throw. Anderson hit a single to score Cash for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Bill Robinson singled and Koosman retired Willie Montanez on a fly ball to center fielder Dave Schneck for the third out.

Koosman and Ruthven each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Wayne Garrett drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Millan flied out to right fielder Anderson and a single by Cleon Jones ensued. Staub doubled to drive home Garrett and Jones, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Ruthven retired John Milner on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Cash. The Phils had runners on second and third base with two outs in the bottom half. Koosman then struck out Billy Grabarkewitz to finish off the inning.

Both Koosman and Ruthven faced the minimum nine batters from the sixth to the eighth. Ruthven hurled a perfect top of the ninth and pinch-hitter Tony Taylor singled with one out in the bottom half. Cash popped out to Millan and a single by Bowa followed. Koosman then retired Schmidt on a fly ball to Schneck that ended the game. The Mets had a series-starting victory.