June 7, 1969: Koosman Beats Podres and Padres
|Date: June 7, 1969|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ron Swoboda, Ed Charles, Rod Gaspar|
|Key play: Swoboda's and Gaspar's triples, Charles' double|
The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jerry Koosman outdueled his fellow lefthander Johnny Podres easily in a 4-1 Mets win.
Koosman and Podres each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Jerry gave up just a single to Al Ferrara and recorded five strikeouts while the Mets failed to come up with any runs despite four hits and two walks against Podres. Leading off the top of the fourth, Ed Charles was hit by a pitch. Charles stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jerry Grote followed with a sacrifice fly to score Charles for a 1-0 Mets lead. Podres retired Al Weis and Koosman on consecutive infield ground balls to close out the inning. Koosman then held the Padres to a single by Nate Colbert in the bottom half.
After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Rod Gaspar singled against Podres to open the top of the seventh. Tommie Agee was retired on a line drive to center fielder Cito Gaston. Cleon Jones hit a force play grounder to third baseman Ed Spiezio and came around to score on a triple by Ron Swoboda. Against San Diego reliever Jack Baldschun, Charles doubled to drive home Swoboda and increase the Mets' lead to 3-0. Baldschun struck out Grote to end the inning. Koosman then yielded just a double to Ferrara in the bottom half.
Weis got a bunt single against Baldschun to begin the top of the eighth. Koosman went down on strikes and Weis moved to second base on a wild pitch. Bud Harrelson grounded out to first baseman Colbert and a triple by Gaspar brought home Weis with the Mets' fourth run of the game. Padres' reliever Frank Reberger retired Agee on an inning-ending fly ball to Gaston. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
San Diego reliever Bill McCool pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Ollie Brown singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Koosman fanned Colbert for his eleventh strikeout of the game and Ferrara fouled out to first baseman Jones. Spiezio ended Koosman's bid for a shutout with a double that drove home Brown. Gaston grounded back to Koosman for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory on Jerry's outstanding pitching.