May 7, 1977: Koosman Blanks Giants on Three Hits

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Date: May 7, 1977
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 6
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Dave Kingman, Lenny Randle
Key play: Kingman’s sacrifice fly, Koosman’s single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. Jerry Koosman pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.

Lenny Randle singled against Giants’ starter John Montefusco to lead off the top of the first inning. Randle advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a single by John Stearns. John Milner followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Tim Foli. Dave Kingman hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Randle with the first run of the game. Montefusco retired Ed Kranepool on a pop-up to second baseman Derrel Thomas for the third out. Koosman then surrendered just a walk to Jack Clark in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Randle got an infield single with one out in the top of the third. Lenny stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Stearns hit a triple to score Randle and came home on Milner’s sacrifice fly for a 3-0 Mets lead. Kingman grounded out to third baseman Bill Madlock to end the inning. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Kranepool and Mike Phillips got back-to-back singles against Montefusco to begin the top of the fourth. Lee Mazzilli was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Randy Elliott. Roy Staiger reached on an error by Thomas to load the bases. Koosman hit a single to score both Kranepool and Phillips, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Randle followed with a single that plated Staiger with the sixth New York run of the game. San Francisco reliever Terry Cornutt then got Stearns to hit a ground ball to Foli for an inning-ending double play.

Thomas singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Clark grounded out to third baseman Phillips (moving Thomas to second base) and a pop-up by Madlock was caught by catcher Stearns. With Willie McCovey at bat, Koosman made an errant pickoff throw that sent Thomas to third. McCovey flied out to left fielder Milner to finish off the inning and Cornutt shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Koosman then set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Cornutt hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Koosman retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Milner singled against San Francisco reliever Dave Heaverlo with one out in the top of the seventh. Kingman drew a walk and Kranepool flied out to right fielder Clark. Phillips was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Larry Herndon that closed out the inning and Koosman yielded just a single to Madlock in the bottom half. Heaverlo surrendered only a walk to Mazzilli in the top of the eighth and Foli doubled for the Giants’ third hit to open the bottom of the inning. Marc Hill and Rob Andrews were retired on fly balls to right fielder Kingman and a walk to Herndon ensued. Koosman then got pinch-hitter Gary Thomasson to pop out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and end the inning.

Giants’ reliever Charlie Williams set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the ninth. Clark flied out to center fielder Mazzilli to open the bottom half. Madlock was retired on a fly ball to Milner. Koosman then struck out McCovey to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jerry’s three-hitter.