June 22, 1969: Koosman Shuts Out Cardinals for DH Sweep

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Date: June 22, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Bud Harrelson, Tommie Agee, Rod Gaspar
Key play: Harrelson’s triple, Agee’s double, Gaspar’s throw in 8th

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Jerry Koosman pitched a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Koosman and the Cards’ Mike Torrez each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Jerry scattered three singles, a double and one walk while the Mets failed to come up with a run despite five hits and three walks against Torrez. Koosman held the Redbirds to a single by Dave Ricketts in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Bud Harrelson hit a triple to center field. Tommie Agee followed with a double to score Harrelson and give the Mets a one-run lead. Torrez then threw a called third strike past Ken Boswell to close out the inning.

Lou Brock singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Brock stole second base and Curt Flood flied out to left fielder Rod Gaspar. Julian Javier drew a walk and Joe Torre followed with a single. Trying to score on the play, Brock was out at home via a throw by Gaspar to catcher J. C. Martin. Mike Shannon walked to load the bases and Koosman retired Phil Gagliano on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Torrez issued a walk to Art Shamsky to begin the bottom half. St. Louis reliever Joe Hoerner got Wayne Garrett to foul out to catcher Ricketts and struck out pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon. With pinch-hitter Cleon Jones at bat, Hoerner caught pinch-runner Al Weis on a pickoff throw to first baseman Torre for the inning’s final out.

Ricketts grounded back to Koosman to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Bob Johnson went down on strikes. Koosman then fanned pinch-hitter Steve Huntz to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout and a sweep of the doubleheader.