September 11, 1975: Koosman Shuts Out Pirates

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Date: September 11, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 7
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Jack Heidemann, Dave Kingman, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Heidemann’s double, Harrelson’s single, Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Three Rivers Stadium. Jerry Koosman pitched a six-hit shutout in a 7-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

Pirates’ starter Jerry Reuss retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Koosman gave up just a single to Rennie Stennett in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the second, Jerry Grote reached on an error by second baseman Stennett. Jack Heidemann doubled to score Grote and came home on a single by Bud Harrelson. Koosman and Gene Clines hit singles to load the bases and Felix Millan drew a walk to force home Harrelson for a 3-0 Mets lead. Reuss struck out Mike Vail to end the inning. Koosman then hurled a perfect bottom half.

After setting down the Mets in order in the top of the third, Reuss got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Frank Taveras hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Heidemann and a foul pop-up by Stennett was caught by first baseman Dave Kingman for the inning’s third out. Heidemann singled to open the top of the fourth. Harrelson lined out to left fielder Richie Zisk and a sacrifice bunt by Koosman advanced Heidemann to second base. Reuss retired Clines on a grounder to Stennett to close out the inning. Koosman then set down all three Pittsburgh batters in the bottom half.

Kingman slugged a solo home run against Reuss with two outs in the top of the fifth. Rusty Staub drew a walk and consecutive singles by Grote and Heidemann loaded the bases. Harrelson walked to force home Staub and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Bucs’ reliever Bob Moose threw a called third strike past Koosman to end the inning and Bill Robinson singled to lead off the bottom half. Manny Sanguillen popped out to second baseman Millan and a fly ball by Art Howe was caught by right fielder Staub. Pinch-hitter Willie Randolph hit a single and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Koosman then retired Taveras on a fly ball to center fielder Clines to finish off the inning.

Against Pirates’ reliever Kent Tekulve, Millan reached third base on Zisk’s error with one out in the top of the sixth. Vail singled to score Millan and went to third on a double by Kingman. Staub was walked intentionally to load the bases and Grote singled to drive home Vail with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Tekulve retired Heidemann on a fly ball to right fielder Robinson and threw a called third strike past Harrelson for the inning’s final out. Koosman then gave up only a single to Stennett in the bottom half.

Koosman and Bucs’ reliever Odell Jones each pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings. Pittsburgh’s Jim Minshall hurled a scoreless top of the ninth and Stennett flied out to Staub to begin the bottom half. Al Oliver went down on strikes and Willie Stargell drew a walk. Zisk singled for the Pirates’ sixth hit. Koosman then fanned Robinson to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.