September 12, 1969: Koosman Shuts Out Pirates in DH Opener
|Date: September 12, 1969|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman|
|Key player(s): Jerry Koosman|
|Key play: Koosman's single in 5th|
The Mets and Pirates faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday night. The teams began a four-game series at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. In the opener, Jerry Koosman pitched a three-hit shutout and drove in the game's only run for a 1-0 Mets victory.
Koosman and the Pirates' Bob Moose each started off with four innings of scoreless ball. Following a perfect first, Jerry shut down Pittsburgh in the bottom of the second despite a single and two walks. He also recorded double plays after giving up singles in the third and fourth. Meanwhile, Moose allowed only a second-inning single to Wayne Garrett while striking out seven Mets batters.
In the top of the fifth, Moose fanned Ron Swoboda for his eighth strikeout of the game. Bobby Pfeil followed with a single and Duffy Dyer singled to send Pfeil to third base. Koosman hit a single to right field that brought home Pfeil and put the Mets in front. Moose completed the inning with no further scoring and Jerry retired the Bucs in order in the bottom half.
From the sixth inning to the eighth, Koosman and Moose each pitched three more scoreless innings. Jerry held Pittsburgh hitless and faced the minimum nine batters while Moose surrendered only a single to Garrett and recorded two more strikeouts. Pittsburgh reliever Chuck Hartenstein then shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth inning.
After Matty Alou reached on an error to start the bottom of the ninth, Koosman got Gene Alley to hit into a force play. He followed up by retiring Willie Stargell on a pop-up to third baseman Pfeil. Jerry then got Roberto Clemente on a ground ball to second baseman Garrett to end the game. The Mets had a win on Koosman's shutout and RBI single for the game's lone score.