October 18, 1973: Game Five of the World Series

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Date: October 18, 1973
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Athletics: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Tug McGraw, Don Hahn
Key play: Koosman's & McGraw's clutch pitching, Hahn's triple

The Mets and Athletics faced each other in the fifth game of the World Series on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. Both teams were in search of a three-games-to-two lead in the Fall Classic. Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw teamed up for a shutout as the Mets came away with a 2-0 win over Oakland.

Koosman and Athletics’ starter Vida Blue each hurled a scoreless first inning. In the second, Jerry retired all three Oakland batters and Cleon Jones led off the bottom half with a double to left field. John Milner singled to score Jones with the first run of the game. Jerry Grote flied out to center fielder Reggie Jackson and a force play ground ball by Don Hahn ensued. Blue retired Bud Harrelson on a fly ball to left fielder Joe Rudi to end the inning. Bert Campaneris singled with two outs in the top of the third. Koosman caught Campaneris with a pickoff throw to first baseman Milner for the third out. Blue then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Koosman shut down the Athletics in the top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half. Following a scoreless fifth inning, Koosman fanned Blue to begin the top of the sixth. Campaneris drew a walk and Rudi fouled out to catcher Grote. Sal Bando reached on an error by third baseman Wayne Garrett and a force play grounder by Jackson to shortstop Harrelson ended the inning. Grote singled with two outs in the bottom half. Hahn followed with a triple to drive home Grote for a two-run Mets lead. Oakland reliever Darold Knowles came in to pitch and issued an intentional walk to Harrelson. Knowles then fanned Koosman for the final out of the inning.

Gene Tenace drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Jesus Alou fouled out to Grote and a double by Ray Fosse sent Tenace to third base. McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets and walked pinch-hitter Deron Johnson to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Angel Mangual was retired on a pop-up to Harrelson. Tug followed up by throwing a called third strike past Campaneris for the third out of the inning. Athletics’ reliever Rollie Fingers then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

McGraw and Fingers each hurled a scoreless eighth inning. Fosse lined out to left fielder Jones to begin the top of the ninth. Ted Kubiak was called out on strikes. Tug then got pinch-hitter Billy Conigliaro on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had taken the Series lead on a combined shutout.