September 1, 1976: Koosman and Milner Stifle Giants

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Date: September 1, 1976
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 1
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, John Milner, Felix Millan
Key play: Millan’s and Milner’s back-to-back doubles

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jerry Koosman pitched a three-hit shutout and John Milner hit a run-scoring double for a 1-0 Mets win over San Francisco.

Koosman surrendered only a walk to Larry Herndon in the top of the first inning, Giants’ starter John Montefusco hurled a perfect bottom half and Jerry set down the side in order in the top of the second. Ed Kranepool got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Roy Staiger flied out to right fielder Bobby Murcer and a single by John Stearns followed. Bud Harrelson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Montefusco then got Koosman on a force play ground ball to shortstop Chris Speier to close out the inning.

Montefusco singled with one out in the top of the third. Herndon hit a single on which right fielder Dave Kingman threw to third baseman Staiger for an out on Montefusco. With Marty Perez at bat, Herndon was caught stealing on catcher Stearns’ throw to shortstop Harrelson for the inning’s third out. Bruce Boisclair hit a single to begin the bottom half. Boisclair was caught stealing on catcher Mike Sadek’s throw to Speier and a single by Felix Millan ensued. Milner drew a walk and Kingman popped out to first baseman Gary Thomasson. Montefusco then got Kranepool on a force play ground ball to second baseman Perez that ended the inning.

Perez singled to open the top of the fourth. On a third strike to Gary Matthews, Perez was caught stealing on Stearns’ throw to second baseman Millan for a double play. Murcer grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to end the inning and Montefusco gave up just a walk to Harrelson in the bottom half. Koosman and Montefusco each pitched perfect fifth and sixth innings and Jerry retired the Giants on three straight infield grounders in the top of the seventh. Harrelson singled with one out in the bottom half. Montefusco then threw a called third strike past Koosman and got Boisclair on a ground ball to Thomasson for the inning’s final out.

Koosman set down all three San Francisco batters in the top of the eighth. Millan doubled to lead off the bottom half. Milner followed with a double to drive home Millan and put the Mets in front by a run. Kingman was struck out and Kranepool was given an intentional walk. Montefusco then got Staiger to hit a ground ball to Speier for an inning-ending double play.

Sadek flied out to center fielder Boisclair to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Chris Arnold was also retired on a fly ball to Boisclair. Koosman then got Herndon on another fly ball that was caught by Boisclair for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jerry’s three-hitter in which he faced only 28 batters.