May 16, 1970: Koosman Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: May 16, 1970
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 6
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ron Swoboda, Joe Foy, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Swoboda’s two-run single in 1st

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played a two-hour and twelve-minute game. Jerry Koosman pitched a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.

Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the first inning. Cleon Jones popped out to Phils’ starter Grant Jackson and a double steal advanced the runners to second and third base. Donn Clendenon was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Mike Compton. Ron Swoboda followed with a single that drove home Agee and Harrelson. Joe Foy was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Oscar Gamble for the third out. Larry Hisle and Don Money got consecutive singles with two outs in the bottom half. Rick Joseph then grounded back to Koosman to end the inning.

Following a scoreless second, Harrelson doubled to lead off the top of the third. Jones and Clendenon were retired on consecutive grounders to shortstop Larry Bowa. Swoboda hit a double that brought home Harrelson. Foy hit the Mets’ third double of the inning to score Swoboda for a 4-0 New York lead. Jerry Grote grounded back to Grant Jackson for the inning’s final out. Koosman then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

Agee drew a two-out walk against Grant Jackson in the top of the fourth. Tommie stole second base and came around to score on a single by Harrelson. On his own hit, Bud advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. Jones singled against Philadelphia reliever Lowell Palmer to plate Harrelson with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Cleon stole second and a walk to Clendenon ensued. Palmer retired Swoboda on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Johnny Briggs. Koosman then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Palmer in both the fifth and sixth innings. Despite issuing three walks, Koosman held the Phils without a run in the bottom halves. Palmer set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Koosman gave up just a single to Bowa in the bottom of the inning and Phillies’ reliever Mike Jackson yielded only a single to Jones in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Money doubled for the fourth Philadelphia hit. Koosman then retired Joseph on a fly ball to center fielder Agee that finished off the inning.

Mike Jackson shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Jim Hutto went down on strikes to start the bottom half. Del Bates was fanned for Koosman’s tenth strikeout. Jerry then got Bowa to ground out to shortstop Harrelson and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Koosman’s four-hitter.