In the bottom of the first, Wayne Garrett & Eddie Kranepool singled, and Rusty Staub’s sac fly brought home the Mets first run. In the 3rd inning Jerry Koosman singled. Then he surprised everyone in Shea Stadium, inclyding his manager by taking off for second base. With no one covering, catcher Bill Plummer’s throw went into centerfield and Koos headed safely to third base. Koosman said “their shortstop & third baseman were laying back, so I figured it would be easy for me to do”. He then scored on Wayne Garrett’s sac fly for the second run. Koosman was fantastic on the mound tonight too. He went into the 9th inning throwing a three hit shutout, leading 3-0. He gave up three hits in the inning but only allowed a run and finished the complete game.
Although Yogi Berra wasn’t to happy about his pitcher stealing a base Tom Seaver had fun with it. The next night he presented Koosman with a base with a number 2 painted on it, in honor of his base running heroics. Seaver called it the “Lou Brock Award”. That night Jon Matlack threw a five hitter as Ed Krane pool had three hits & drove in three runs in the 5-2 Met win.