May 2, 1975: Koosman Pitches Four-Hit Shutout

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Date: May 2, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 3
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, John Milner
Key play: Koosman’s single in 2nd, Milner’s double in 5th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams opened a series with a two-hour and seven-minute game. Jerry Koosman pitched a four-hitter and drove in the winning run as the Mets defeated Montreal, 3-0.

Koosman yielded a leadoff single to Pepe Mangual in the top of the first inning. Tim Foli grounded out to third baseman Joe Torre and a walk to Gary Carter ensued. Carter was caught stealing via a throw by catcher Jerry Grote to shortstop Jack Heidemann as Mangual advanced to third base. Koosman threw a called third strike past Bob Bailey to end the inning. Felix Millan tripled with one out in the bottom half. Rusty Staub took a called third strike and Torre drew a walk. Expos’ starter Dave McNally then got Dave Kingman on a force play grounder to third baseman Larry Parrish for the third out.

Koosman pitched a perfect top of the second inning. Heidemann hit a triple with one out in the bottom half. Grote went down on strikes and Koosman followed with a single to center field that drove home Heidemann. McNally retired Del Unser on an inning-ending pop-up to Parrish and a double by Pete Mackanin opened the top of the third. Mackanin was caught in a rundown on Grote’s throw and tagged out by Torre. McNally drew a walk and Mangual hit a grounder to Torre for a double play to end the inning. The Mets were then set down in order by McNally in the bottom half.

Foli got an infield single to lead off the top of the fourth. Carter hit a force play grounder to Heidemann and stole second base. Bailey drew a walk and Parrish hit a double play ground ball to Torre to close out the inning. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half. Koosman issued walks to Mackanin and McNally with two outs in the top of the fifth. Jerry then got Mangual on a called third strike to finish off the inning.

Staub hit a double with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Torre was hit by a pitch and Kingman popped out to shortstop Foli. John Milner doubled to score Staub and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Heidemann flied out to left fielder Bailey to end the inning. Koosman retired all three Montreal hitters in the top of the sixth. Unser singled and moved to second base on McNally’s errant pickoff throw with two outs in the bottom half. Millan was given an intentional walk. McNally then got Staub on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Carter.

Parrish singled for the Expos’ fourth hit to start the top of the seventh inning. Barry Foote followed with a grounder to Heidemann for a double play. Koosman retired Mike Jorgensen on a pop-up to Torre for the third out and McNally held the Mets to a single by Milner in a scoreless bottom half. Koosman shut down Montreal in the top of the eight. Grote singled against Expos’ reliever Dale Murray to begin the bottom of the inning. Koosman reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder and a sacrifice bunt by Unser put runners at second and third. Millan hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Grote with the Mets’ third run of the game. Murray then retired Staub on a fly ball to Bailey to end the inning.

Carter grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson to start the top of the ninth. Koosman retired Bailey on a pop-up to second baseman Millan. Jerry then got Parrish on a grounder to Harrelson that ended the game. The Mets had a victory on Koosman’s four-hit shutout.