Remembering Mets History (1973) Jerry Koosman Shuts Out the Giants for Ten Innings In a 1-0 Win
Charlie Fox's San Francisco Giants were in town for a weekend series. The Giants just 15 years removed from New York were still drawing big crowds when they came to New York, although not as big when Willie Mays was still a Giant. Tonight 35,361 came to Shea Stadium for the Mets Giants match up.
The Giants (70-55) were in third place eight games behind the Dodgers in a tough NL West.
Tonight's pitching matchup was future Hall of Famer Juan Marichal (10-9) for the Giants & Jerry Koosman (9-14) for the Mets. Marichal's 16-year career was winding down as this would be his final season in San Francisco as his contract would be purchased by the Boston Red Sox.
But Koosman would win six of his final seven decisions while setting a Mets record that would stand for 39 years with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
Koosman retired the next three batters.
The Mets left two men on in the 4th, 5th & 8th innings. In the 8th Cleon Jones lined out ending inning in a double play.
In the bottom of the 10th inning Juan Marichal was still on the mound as well. Yogi Berra sent Ken Boswell in to pinch hit.
Trivia: Millan led the team with 185 hits & a .290 batting average. His 155 singles were second most in the NL.
For Jerry Koosman, starting with his win in Cincinnati his scoreless streak began as he shut out the Reds in the final 4.2 innings. Tonight, he added ten more scoreless innings to get to 14.2 scoreless innings. The streak will continue.