May 14, 1975: Koosman Five-Hits Giants

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Date: May 14, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Dave Kingman, Rusty Staub
Key play: Kingman’s double, Staub’s homer and single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and seventeen-minute game. Jerry Koosman pitched a five-hitter in a 5-1 Mets win over San Francisco.

Derrel Thomas drew a walk against Koosman with one out in the top of the first inning. Willie Montanez singled and Gary Matthews hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett. Koosman struck out Chris Speier to end the inning and Felix Millan drew a one-out walk against the Giants’ Mike Caldwell in the bottom half. Del Unser was called out on strikes and Rusty Staub walked. Dave Kingman hit a double to drive home Millan and Staub for a 2-0 Mets lead. Caldwell then fanned Garrett for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless second, Thomas got a leadoff single in the top of the third. Thomas advanced to third base on Montanez’s single and came home on Matthews’ ground out to shortstop Bud Harrelson. Speier drew a walk and Bruce Miller grounded to Harrelson for an inning-ending double play. Millan doubled to open the bottom half. Unser flied out to center fielder Von Joshua and a two-run homer by Staub extended the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Kingman flied out to left fielder Matthews and a single by Garrett ensued. Caldwell then got Jerry Grote to ground out to shortstop Speier and finish off the inning.

Koosman and Caldwell each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Speier drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Miller singled and Koosman fanned both Horace Speed and Marc Hill for the inning’s final outs. Caldwell hurled a perfect bottom half and Koosman shut down the Giants in the top of the seventh. Gene Clines drew a walk against San Francisco reliever Gary Lavelle to begin the bottom of the inning. Clines moved to second base on Millan’s sacrifice bunt and Unser grounded out to third baseman Miller. Staub singled to bring home Clines with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Kingman reached second base (with Staub going to third) on an error by Matthews. Lavelle then retired Garrett on a ground ball to second baseman Thomas to close out the inning.

Koosman gave up only a single to Speier in the top of the eighth. Lavelle yielded just a single to Grote in the bottom half and Speed grounded out to second baseman Millan to lead off the top of the ninth. Hill was retired on a grounder to Harrelson. Koosman then struck out pinch-hitter Steve Ontiveros to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.