May 22, 1976: Mets Win 1,000th Game
|Date: May 22, 1976|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Del Unser, Jerry Koosman, Skip Lockwood|
|Key play: Unser's single in 8th|
The Mets and Expos faced each other at Jarry Park on a Saturday night. The game was an historical event as the Mets came up with a 4-1 triumph for their 1,000th regular season win. Jerry Koosman and Skip Lockwood combined for a four-hitter in the team's reaching of the milestone.
Koosman and Montreal's Don Stanhouse were involved in a mound battle. For seven innings, Jerry allowed a run on four hits while Stanhouse shut down the Mets on two singles. The Montreal tally came on Gary Carter's sacrifice fly that brought home Stanhouse in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the eighth, Bruce Boisclair singled for the Mets' third hit off Stanhouse. Expos' reliever Fred Scherman walked Wayne Garrett and a one-out single by John Milner off Wayne Granger loaded the bases. Granger retired Kingman for the second out and walked Ed Kranepool to force home Boisclair with the tying run. Del Unser followed with a single off Dale Murray to score Garrett and Milner for a 3-1 Mets lead. Kranepool then came home on Jerry Grote's single for the Mets' fourth run of the inning.
Lockwood retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth. Skip also pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the last two Montreal batters to end the game. The Mets had reached the millenium mark in all-time victories in regular season play.