May 20, 1972: Koosman's Relief Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: May 20, 1972|
|Mets starter: Ray Sadecki|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Ray Sadecki, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Koosman|
|Key play: Kranepool’s and Sadecki’s RBI singles|
The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Veterans Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Jerry Koosman pitched four innings of scoreless relief for his first win of the season as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 2-1.
Following a scoreless first inning, Rusty Staub doubled against Phils’ starter Billy Champion to lead off the top of the second. John Milner flied out to left fielder Greg Luzinski and a walk to Wayne Garrett ensued. Ed Kranepool hit a single to bring home Staub for a 1-0 Mets lead. Champion got Duffy Dyer on a ground ball to third baseman Don Money for an inning-ending double play. Roger Freed got a two-out single against Mets’ starter Ray Sadecki in the bottom half. Sadecki then threw a called third strike past Tommy Hutton for the inning’s third out.
Champion and Sadecki each pitched a scoreless third inning. Garrett drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth. Kranepool singled and Dyer went down on strikes. Sadecki hit a single to score Garrett with the Mets’ second run of the game. Champion retired Bud Harrelson on an inning-ending fly ball to Luzinski, who singled to open the bottom half. Money hit a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson and a single by Tim McCarver followed. Freed flied out to center fielder Tommie Agee and a walk to Hutton loaded the bases. Sadecki then got pinch-hitter Deron Johnson on a foul pop-up to catcher Dyer to close out the inning.
Philadelphia reliever Ken Reynolds set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Larry Bowa hit a double against Sadecki to begin the bottom half. Terry Harmon singled and Koosman came in to pitch for the Mets. Jerry got Willie Montanez on a fly ball to left fielder Milner after which Bowa came home for the Phillies’ first run. Harmon stole second base and went to third on Dyer’s throwing error. Koosman then recorded strikeouts of Luzinski and Money to finish off the inning.
Reynolds pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Koosman gave up just a single to Hutton in the bottom half and Phillies’ reliever Joe Hoerner retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. Bowa drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Harmon was hit by a pitch and Montanez went down on strikes. Luzinski hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson that moved Bowa to third base. Koosman then struck out Money to end the inning.
Agee hit a one-out double in the top of the eighth. Staub was struck out and pinch-hitter Cleon Jones was given an intentional walk. Hoerner retired pinch-hitter Jim Fregosi on a fly ball to center fielder Montanez for the third out and McCarver singled to open the bottom of the inning. McCarver went to second base on Freed’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Hutton’s ground out to second baseman Ken Boswell. Koosman struck out pinch-hitter Pete Koegel for the inning’s final out. Philadelphia reliever Wayne Twitchell then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.
Koosman issued a walk to Bowa to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Denny Doyle’s sacrifice bunt against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw advanced Bowa to second base. Montanez went down on strikes for the second out of the inning. McGraw then retired Luzinski on a pop-up to Boswell that ended the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.