May 29, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Koos K's 15 & Harrelson's Walk Off Single

Wednesday May 28th 1969: This was not the most important game the Mets played but it shows how the 1969 Mets knew how to create wins with great pitching & timely hitting. 

Tonight Gil Hodges Mets (19-23) still in fourth place at the time hosted Preston Gomez's San Diego Padres (18-30) in front of 11,860 at Shea Stadium.

This was the Padres inaugural season, one of two new NL teams that year, the other being the Montreal Expos.

The Mets starter Jerry Koosman went up against the Padres' Clay Kirby.

Starting Lineups

Koosman started out the 1st inning with two strike outs. He labored in the 2nd, allowing a base hit to Al Ferrara & two walks (one intentional) then got Kirby to strike out looking to end the threat. 

Koos sailed through the next two innigs collecting three more strike outs before Cito Gaston doubled to lead off the 5th. Koosman retired the next 14 batters in a row, including striking out the side in the 8th inning.

The Mets still had not given him a run, through nine innings, Clay Kirby shut out New York on seven hits with four strike outs. In the 10th Koosman came on again, he gave up a lead off single to Roberto Pena but retired the next three Padres. In the home 10th, Padre relievers Tommie Sisk & Billy McCool held the Mets scoreless again.

In the 11th inning, Tug McGraw came on for the Mets he gave up a pair of walks but they were erased by a double play & an inning ending strike out to slugger Nate Colbert.

In the Mets 11th, Cleon Jones reached on an error to start out the inning. Ed Kranepool struck out & Billy McCool came in to pitch for San Diego. Ron Swoboda greeted him with a base hit & Jerry Grote was walked intentionally.

Next up Mets short stop Bud Harrelson delivered a base hit to left center field, scoring Jones with the game winning walk off run.

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