September 3, 1973: Koosman and Martinez Bury Phils

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Date: September 3, 1973
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Ted Martinez
Key play: Martinez’s RBI single, homer and double

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and fourteen-minute opener of the Labor Day twinbill. Jerry Koosman pitched a shutout and Ted Martinez drove in four runs in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

The Phillies failed to score after loading the bases against Koosman in the top of the first inning. Philadelphia starter Steve Carlton yielded only a single to Felix Millan in the bottom half and Jerry gave up just a single to Bob Boone in the top of the second. Rusty Staub drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Jerry Grote singled and Don Hahn walked to load the bases. Martinez followed with a single to drive home Staub for a 1-0 Mets lead. Koosman went down on strikes and Bud Harrelson hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Craig Robinson that brought home Grote. Martinez stole third base and Carlton retired Millan on a fly ball to center fielder Bill Robinson for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless third, Koosman shut down the Phils again in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Martinez hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Koosman fouled out to catcher Boone and consecutive singles by Harrelson and Millan ensued. Carlton retired Willie Mays on a foul pop-up to Craig Robinson that closed out the inning. Cesar Tovar reached on first baseman Mays’ error with one out in the top of the sixth. Billy Grabarkewitz was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Hahn. Koosman then got Willie Montanez to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson for the inning’s final out.

Cleon Jones drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth. Staub reached on Craig Robinson’s error and a sacrifice bunt by Grote moved the runners to second and third base. Hahn was walked intentionally to load the bases and Martinez hit a double to drive home Jones and Staub with the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs of the game. With Koosman at bat, Hahn was caught on an attempted steal of home. Carlton then threw a called third strike past Jerry to finish off the inning.

Mike Anderson hit a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Boone singled and Craig Robinson bunted back to Koosman for the third out of the inning. Carlton hurled a perfect bottom half and Jerry yielded just a single to Grabarkewitz in the top of the seventh. Staub doubled against Philadelphia reliever Ron Diorio with one out in the bottom of the inning. Grote hit a single and Hahn grounded to Craig Robinson for an inning-ending double play. Koosman set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Diorio then held the Mets to a single by Martinez in the bottom half.

Boone was retired on a ground ball to Harrelson to begin the top of the ninth. Craig Robinson grounded out to third baseman Martinez and a walk to pinch-hitter Mike Schmidt followed. Koosman then got Tovar to pop out to second baseman Millan and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s shutout to start the holiday doubleheader.