May 17, 1977: Koosman Homers in Win Over Giants

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Date: May 17, 1977
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 8
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Kranepool’s home run, Koosman’s home run, Harrelson’s double

The Mets and Giants played on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. Jerry Koosman got the start against San Francisco’s John Montefusco. Koosman’s home run ignited a six-run seventh inning that propelled the Mets to an easy 8-1 win.

Koosman and Montefusco both pitched shutout ball for the first five innings. Jerry kept the Giants hitless until Tim Foli singled with one out in the fifth. However, the Mets could not plate a run with their four hits off Montefusco. Dave Kingman and Ed Kranepool hit doubles in the first and fourth innings, respectively, but each was left on base.

The Giants’ Derrell Thomas got a bunt single off Koosman to start the top of the sixth. Thomas was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by Bill Madlock for a 1-0 San Francisco lead. The Mets came back in the bottom of the inning on Kranepool’s two-run homer that put New York in front.

In the bottom of the seventh, Koosman led off against Montefusco. Jerry hit one over the left field fence for his second career home run and a 3-1 Met lead. Singles by Lenny Randle and Bruce Boisclair followed and Montefusco was removed from the game. Roy Staiger then singled off reliever Randy Moffitt to load the bases.

Joe Torre came up to pinch hit for Kranepool with Giants’ lefthander Gary Lavelle on the mound. Torre hit a grounder to second base that got by Rob Andrews, allowing Randle and Boisclair to score. Lavelle also gave up a double to Bud Harrelson with the bases loaded to bring home three more runs before the end of the inning.

Koosman retired the last six San Francisco batters to complete the victory. He struck out Willie McCovey for the final out in the ninth. Jerry had his third win of the season that included his own homer to help the cause.