October 12, 1969: Game Two of World Series

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Date: October 12, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Orioles: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Al Weis
Key play: Weis's RBI single in the 9th

The Mets and Orioles faced each other in the second game of the World Series on a Sunday afternoon. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed to even the Series at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Jerry Koosman held the Birds to two singles as the Mets came away with a 2-1 win.

Koosman and Baltimore’s Dave McNally each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the fourth, Donn Clendenon led off with a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. McNally retired the next three batters and Koosman set down the Orioles in order in the bottom of the inning. Each pitcher hurled perfect fifth and sixth innings and Ed Charles doubled with one out in the top of the seventh. Jerry Grote popped out to shortstop Mark Belanger and an intentional walk was given to Al Weis. McNally then got Koosman on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Davey Johnson.

Paul Blair singled for the first Baltimore hit to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Koosman retired the next two batters and Blair stole second base. A single by Brooks Robinson scored Blair and tie the game at 1-1. Johnson hit a force play grounder to third baseman Charles to end the inning. McNally hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Koosman then retired the Orioles 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Charles got a two-out single in the top of the ninth inning. Grote followed with a single on which Charles advanced to third base. Weis singled to drive home Charles and put the Mets ahead by a run. McNally then retired Koosman on a ground ball to Belanger to close out the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Don Buford flied out to right fielder Ron Swoboda. Blair grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson. Koosman issued consecutive walks to Frank Robinson and Boog Powell. Reliever Ron Taylor came in to pitch and got Brooks Robinson to ground out to Charles and end the game. The Mets had evened the World Series at one game apiece.