September 17, 1969: Koosman Shuts Out Expos

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Date: September 17, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Wayne Garrett, Ron Swoboda, Al Weis
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a two-game series at Jarry Park. Jerry Koosman pitched a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win.

Koosman and the Expos’ Gary Waslewski each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Ken Boswell hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Donn Clendenon went down on strikes and Ron Swoboda singled to drive home Boswell. On his own hit, Swoboda advanced to second base via an error by center fielder Jose Herrera. Jerry Grote was walked intentionally and Al Weis singled to load the bases. Koosman took a called third strike and Wayne Garrett hit a single to score Swoboda and Grote for a 3-0 Mets lead. Waslewski struck out Tommie Agee to end the inning. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Art Shamsky drew a walk to lead off the top of the fifth. Boswell hit a single on which right fielder Rusty Staub threw to third baseman Coco Laboy for an out on Shamsky. Waslewski retired Clendenon and Swoboda on outfield fly balls for the inning’s final outs and Koosman hurled a perfect bottom half. Jerry drew a two-out walk against Montreal reliever Carroll Sembera in the top of the sixth. Garrett walked and Agee was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to Laboy. Koosman then held the Expos to a walk to Staub in the bottom half.

Shamsky singled against Sembera to begin the top of the seventh. Pinch-runner Amos Otis stole second base and Boswell drew a walk. Clendenon’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Swoboda was walked intentionally to load the bases and Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Expos. A sacrifice bunt by Grote brought home Otis to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Raymond struck out Weis to finish off the inning. Koosman then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Raymond surrendered only a walk to Agee in the top of the eighth. Koosman gave up just a single to Gary Sutherland in the bottom of the inning and Boswell walked against Montreal reliever Carl Morton to open the top of the ninth. Clendenon singled to send Boswell to third base and Swoboda was called out on strikes. Grote hit a grounder on which shortstop Bobby Wine threw to catcher John Bateman for an out at home on Boswell. Weis hit a single to bring home Clendenon with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Morton then fanned Koosman for the inning’s third out.

Bob Bailey got a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Laboy singled and Herrera flied out to right fielder Swoboda. Koosman retired Ron Fairly on a line drive to second baseman Boswell, who then threw to shortstop Weis for an out on Bailey and a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout.