Tonight, in front of 37,266 at Shea Stadium, the Mets were blanked by the Braves 2-0.
With Jerry Koosman on the hill for the Mets and Ron Schueler opposing him for Atlanta (they both went the full nine innings), the game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh. It was then, that the Braves broke through for two runs. With two outs and Dusty Baker on base, Dick Dietz hit a two run homer to put Atlanta on top 2-0.
After going down quietly in the seventh and eighth, the Mets had a rally going in the bottom of the ninth, with runners on first and second and two outs. However, Ken Boswell flew out to center field to end the game.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Willie Mays, CF||1. Ralph Garr, RF|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Marty Perez, SS|
|3. Ken Boswell, 3B||3. Darrell Evans, 3B|
|4. Rusty Staub, RF||4. Hank Aaron, LF|
|5. John Milner, 1B||5. Dusty Baker, CF|
|6. Wayne Garrett, SS||6. Davey Johnson, 2B|
|7. George Theodore, LF||7. Dick Dietz, 1B|
|8. Ron Hodges, C||8. Paul Casanova, C|
|9. Jerry Koosman, P||9. Ron Schueler, P|
The Mets play the second game of their three game series with Atlanta tomorrow at Shea Stadium.