September 13, 1968: Koosman's 7th Shutout

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Date: September 13, 1968
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 2
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Art Shamsky
Key play: Shamsky's home run

The Mets began a three-game series on Friday the 13th against the Pirates at Shea Stadium. All the bad luck rested with Pittsburgh as they got only three hits off Jerry Koosman. The Mets won, 2-0.

Koosman pitched one-hit shutout ball through the first five innings. He got Jerry May to fly out to center field with two runners on base to end the top of the second and caught Freddie Patek with a pickoff throw in the third. Meanwhile, Art Shamsky homered off Pirates' starter Bob Moose in the bottom of the second for a 1-0 Met lead. Shamsky also hit a triple and scored on an error by catcher May in the fifth.

In the sixth and seventh, Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski got singles off Koosman. Each was left on base as Jerry retired the other six Pittsburgh batters. Koosman followed with two perfect innings for a complete game victory and his seventh shutout of the season.

Notes

  • This was the Mets' 67th win of the year, breaking the team record of 66 wins set in 1966.