September 28, 1968: Koosman 3-Hits Phils for 19th Win

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Date: September 28, 1968
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 3
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones, Ron Swoboda
Key play: Swoboda’s single in 1st

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second game of a season-closing three-game series. Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game three-hitter for his nineteenth win of the year as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 3-1.

Koosman pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Ken Boswell opened with a single and Bob Heise hit into a force play. Cleon Jones singled to score Heise all the way from first base and advanced to third on a single by Art Shamsky. Ron Swoboda singled to center field to score Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jerry Grote walked to load the bases and Tommie Agee hit a ground ball back to Phillies’ starter Jerry Johnson for a force out at home on Shamsky. Johnson then got Jerry Buchek on an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Rick Joseph.

Koosman and Johnson each retired the side in order in the second inning. In the top of the third, Koosman yielded only a single to Tony Gonzalez in shutting down the Phils. Johnson held the Mets without a run (despite Swoboda’s triple) in the bottom half and Koosman hurled a perfect top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score against Johnson in the bottom of the inning. Koosman then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the fifth.

Boswell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Heise’s single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jones grounded out to Joseph to drive home Boswell with the Mets’ third run. Shamsky grounded out to first baseman Johnny Briggs and a walk to Swoboda followed. Johnson struck out Grote to end the inning. Pinch-hitter Johnny Callison homered to begin the top of the sixth. Koosman then retired the next three batters and Phillies’ reliever Dick Hall pitched a perfect bottom half.

Koosman set down the Phils in order in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Jones hit a triple to right field. Shamsky was walked intentionally and Hall got Swoboda on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Gary Sutherland. Koosman retired Gonzalez on a double play grounder to shortstop Heise to close out a scoreless top of the eighth. Philadelphia reliever John Boozer then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Sutherland took a called third strike to begin the top of the ninth. Roberto Pena doubled to right field for the Phillies’ third hit. Dick Allen flied out to center fielder Agee. Trying to advance after the catch, Pena was out on Agee’s throw to third baseman Buchek for the completion of a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory as Koosman recorded the nineteenth win of his outstanding rookie season.