New York’s offense failed Jerry Koosman as the Mets dropped their third straight at Dodger Stadium, 2-1, falling back to .500 for the year. Don Sutton was the complete-game winner for Los Angeles, while the aforementioned Koosman took the hard-luck loss for the visitors from Flushing.
Koosman’s two-run, six-hit performance in seven innings was overshadowed by Sutton’s nearly perfect domination of the Mets’ hitters, as the Dodger ace allowed one run on seven hits, walking none and striking out six. Ken Boswell’s pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth inning was the only time the Mets would get on the board. Meanwhile, a Sutton sac fly in the second and Ferguson home run in the fifth stood up for L.A. against Koosman. Rusty Staub led New York with two hits on the afternoon, and Felix Milan and Jim Gosger each grounded into rally-killing double plays.
The starting lineups for the Memorial Sunday matinee were as follows:
New York Mets
|1||Wayne Garrett||3B||1||Davey Lopes||2B|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Bill Buckner||1B|
|3||John Milner||1B||3||Willie Davis||CF|
|4||Rusty Staub||RF||4||Joe Ferguson||C|
|5||Ed Kranepool||LF||5||Manny Mota||LF|
|6||Jim Gosger||CF||6||Ron Cey||3B|
|7||Duffy Dyer||C||7||Willie Crawford||RF|
|8||Bud Harrelson||SS||8||Bill Russell||SS|
|9||Jerry Koosman||P||9||Don Sutton||P|
All in all, it was a tough series for Yogi Berra and his ball club, who dropped three of four to Walter Alston’s squad and looked rather sluggish doing it after Mother Nature fooled around with last week’s schedule. The cobwebs took their toll on the Mets, both on the field at Chavez Ravine and in the standings, as they fell five and a half games back of the NL East-leading Chicago Cubs.
New York continues its West Coast swing tomorrow in San Francisco, as Willie Mays makes a return trip to Candlestick Park and the Mets look to commandeer some momentum off the Giants.