May 28, 1969: Koosman and Harrelson Put Away Padres

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Date: May 28, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Harrelson’s single in 11th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jerry Koosman recorded fifteen strikeouts and Bud Harrelson hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning for a 1-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Koosman fanned Tommy Dean and Ollie Brown in pitching a perfect top of the first. Padres’ starter Clay Kirby retired the side in order in the bottom half and Nate Colbert drew a walk to lead off the top of the second. Al Ferrara singled and Roberto Pena’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Cito Gaston was called out on strikes and Chris Cannizzaro was walked intentionally to load the bases. Koosman threw a called third strike past Kirby to end the inning and Cleon Jones walked to begin the bottom half. A single by Ed Kranepool sent Jones to third and Ron Swoboda popped out to shortstop Dean. Kirby then got both Jerry Grote and Harrelson on called third strikes to close out the inning.

Koosman struck out Dean for the start of a perfect top of the third. Kirby set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Jerry fanned two more San Diego batters in a perfect top of the fourth. Ken Boswell got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Jones and Kranepool followed with consecutive force play ground balls to second baseman John Sipin and a strikeout of Swoboda ended the inning. Gaston doubled to open the top of the fifth. Cannizzaro lined out to right fielder Swoboda and a called third strike was thrown past Kirby. Koosman retired Dean on an inning-ending fly ball to Swoboda and a single by Grote began the bottom half. Harrelson drew a walk and Koosman hit a single to load the bases. Tommie Agee was retired on a pop-up to Sipin. Kirby then got Wayne Garrett to hit a grounder to Sipin for an inning-ending double play.

Koosman fanned Sipin to open a perfect top of the sixth. Kirby gave up just a single to Kranepool in the bottom half and Jerry struck out Ferrara and Gaston in setting down the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Harrelson walked with one out in the bottom half. Koosman reached on an error by Kirby, who followed up by getting Agee on a ground ball to Dean for a double play that finished off the inning. Koosman struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth and Garrett singled to begin the bottom half. Boswell hit a force play grounder to catcher Cannizzaro. With Jones at bat, Ken was caught stealing on Cannizzaro’s throw to Dean. Jones popped out to Dean to end the inning and Koosman yielded only a single to Colbert in the top of the ninth. Kirby then held the Mets to a single by Grote in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Pena hit a leadoff single in the top of the 10th. Gaston popped out to Koosman and a line drive by Cannizzaro was caught by center fielder Agee. Koosman fanned pinch-hitter Ivan Murrell for his fifteenth strikeout to end the inning and pinch-hitter Art Shamsky drew a walk against Padres’ reliever Tommy Sisk to begin the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Agee moved pinch-runner Amos Otis to second base and San Diego’s Bill McCool issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Ed Charles. McCool retired Boswell on a line drive to Sipin, who then threw to first baseman Colbert for an out on Charles to complete an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw pitched a scoreless top of the 11th. Jones reached on an error by Dean to open the bottom half. Kranepool went down on strikes and McCool was replaced on the mound by Padres’ reliever Frank Reberger. Swoboda greeted Reberger with a single that sent Jones to third base. Grote was walked intentionally to load the bases and Harrelson came up to bat. Bud delivered a single to drive home Jones and end the game. The Mets had a victory in extra-innings.