June 4, 1975: Koosman Shuts Out Astros

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Date: June 4, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones
Key play: Kranepool’s single in 1st, Jones’ throw in 3rd

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Jerry Koosman pitched a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Houston.

Koosman retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Felix Millan drew a one-out walk against Astros’ starter Doug Konieczny in the bottom half. Cleon Jones hit a single to advance Millan to third base and Rusty Staub went down on strikes. Ed Kranepool singled to drive home Millan and give the Mets a one-run lead. Konieczny then got Joe Torre on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Cedeno for the third out.

After hurling a scoreless top of the second, Koosman drew a walk with two outs in the bottom half. Del Unser singled and Millan flied out to Cedeno to end the inning. Tommy Helms got a one-out single in the top of the third. Konieczny’s sacrifice bunt moved Helms to second base. Greg Gross hit a single on which left fielder Jones threw to catcher Jerry Grote for an out at home on Helms that ended the inning. Staub singled with one out in the bottom half. Ensuing singles by Kranepool and Torre loaded the bases and Mike Phillips was struck out. Konieczny then retired Grote on a line drive to left fielder Gross to close out the inning.

Koosman yielded only a single to Watson in the top of the fourth. Konieczny surrendered just a walk to Millan in the bottom half and Doug Rader doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Milt May followed with a ground ball on which Rader got caught between bases and was tagged out by third baseman Torre. Helms went down on strikes and Koosman got Konieczny on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Phillips. To begin the bottom half, Staub reached on first baseman Bob Watson’s error and moved to third on a double by Kranepool. Torre grounded out to third baseman Rader and an intentional walk to Phillips loaded the bases. Grote was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Enos Cabell. Konieczny then struck out Koosman to finish off the inning.

Koosman hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Millan singled with one out in the bottom half. Felix stole second base and went to third on catcher May’s throwing error. Jones and Staub were retired on infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs and Koosman held the Astros to a walk to Rader in the top of the seventh. Konieczny shut down the Mets in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Cliff Johnson hit a single to open the top of the eighth. Gross’s sacrifice bunt sent pinch-runner Wilbur Howard to second and Roger Metzger grounded out to Torre. Koosman retired Cedeno on a pop-up to second baseman Millan to close out the inning. Houston reliever Jim Crawford then gave up just a single to Unser in the bottom half.

Watson grounded out to Koosman to begin the top of the ninth. Cabell was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Staub. Rader then flied out to center fielder Unser to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Koosman’s shutout.