September 26, 1969: Koosman Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: September 26, 1969
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Amos Otis, Bobby Pfeil
Key play: Clendenon’s home run, Otis’s and Pfeil’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday in Philadelphia. On the same night that The Brady Bunch premiered on television, the story of the game was of a man named Jerry Koosman. The Mets’ lefthander pitched a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Phils.

Leading off the top of the first inning, Rod Gaspar reached on an error by second baseman Tony Taylor. Bob Heise hit a double play ground ball to Taylor and a walk to Cleon Jones ensued. Donn Clendenon followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Amos Otis singled and Phillies’ starter Woodie Fryman retired Bobby Pfeil on a fly ball to center fielder Johnny Briggs for the third out. Koosman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Duffy Dyer doubled to begin the top of the second. Dyer advanced to third base on catcher Dave Watkins’ passed ball and came home as Al Weis reached second on an error by third baseman Rick Joseph. Koosman grounded out to Watkins and a line drive by Gaspar was caught by shortstop Don Money. On the play, Money threw to Taylor for an out on Weis and a double play to end the inning. Koosman then yielded only a single to Joseph in the bottom half.

Fryman hurled a perfect top of the third. Briggs and Fryman got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning. Taylor flied out to right fielder Gaspar and a strikeout of Johnny Callison ended the inning. With one out in the top of the fourth, Pfeil was hit by a pitch. Bobby moved to second base on Dyer’s ground out to Joseph and to third on a wild pitch. Weis drew a walk and Koosman grounded out to Taylor to finish off the inning. Jerry then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Heise hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth. Jones grounded out to Joseph and an intentional walk to Clendenon followed. Otis singled to drive home Heise and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Pfeil hit a single that plated Clendenon with the fifth New York run of the game. Fryman fanned Dyer to close out the inning. Koosman then gave up just a single to Briggs in the bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever John Boozer pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Taylor drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Callison was retired on a line drive to second baseman Weis. Dick Allen hit a grounder to third baseman Pfeil for an inning-ending double play. Heise walked to lead off the top of the seventh. Jones followed with a double play ground ball to Money and a single by Ed Kranepool ensued. With Otis at bat, Kranepool was caught stealing on Watkins’ throw to Taylor for the inning’s third out. Koosman then retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Boozer hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Koosman set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Phils’ reliever Al Raffo pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Taylor grounded out to Pfeil to begin the bottom half. Callison was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Heise and a walk to Allen followed. Koosman then got Deron Johnson to ground out to Pfeil and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Jerry’s four-hitter to start the weekend series.