September 29, 1970: Koosman and Clendenon Lead Mets Past Cubs

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Date: September 29, 1970
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 3
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Clendenon’s double, Garrett’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a season-closing series. Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game and Donn Clendenon hit a two-run double to lead the Mets to a 3-1 win over Chicago.

Koosman yielded only a single to Glenn Beckert in the top of the first inning. Wayne Garrett drew a one-out walk against Cubs’ starter Milt Pappas in the bottom half. Cleon Jones flied out to center fielder Jim Hickman and a single by Art Shamsky advanced Garrett to third base. Clendenon doubled to drive home Garrett and Shamsky for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ken Boswell was given an intentional walk. Pappas then got Jerry Grote to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger for the third out.

Koosman gave up just a single to Hickman in the top of the second. Bud Harrelson singled to open the bottom of the inning. Koosman was called out on strikes and Mike Jorgensen hit a single to send Harrelson to third base. Garrett singled to score Harrelson and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Jones followed with a grounder to Kessinger for an inning-ending double play and Koosman shut down the Cubs in the top of the third. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Pappas then threw a called third strike past Koosman to end the inning.

Koosman and Pappas each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Jerry retired the side in order in the top of the eighth and Chicago reliever Larry Gura surrendered only a walk to Jorgensen in the bottom half. Billy Williams fouled out to third baseman Garrett to lead off the top of the ninth. Tommy Davis hit a single and Hickman drew a walk. Ernie Banks flied out to right fielder Shamsky and a single by Paul Popovich brought home Davis. Koosman then retired Jack Hiatt on a fly ball to center fielder Jorgensen for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.