Jerry Koosman’s gem of a start held the Big Red Machine in check as the Mets nipped Cincinnati 2-1 this afternoon at Shea Stadium. Koosman was the man on the long side for New York, while Ross Grimsley was stuck with a tough loss for the contending Reds.
The Mets got off to a fast start as Bud Harrelson led the first inning off with a double. He advanced to third on Felix Millan’s groundout and came home on Willie Mays’s sac fly, and just like that the orange and blue had themselves a 1-0 lead.
At that point, the starters settled in for the long pitchers’ duel. Koosman and Grimsley kept each side in check until the fifth, when an error by Mays at first base let Pete Rose on base. After Joe Morgan’s fielder’s choice, steal of second, and trip to third on Dan Driessen’s groundout, Tony Perez plated the run on a double to left.
The duel resumed for the rest of the game, as the unearned run would be the only score against Koosman on the day. New York finally broke through Grimsley again in the eighth as Don Hahn led off with a single, advancing to second two batters later on Koosman’s sac bunt. It was then Bud Harrelson who plated Hahn with an RBI double, enough for Koosman to sit the Machine down 1-2-3 in the ninth to secure the victory.
The starting lineups on the day looked like this:
New York Mets
|1||Pete Rose||LF||1||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|2||Joe Morgan||2B||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Dan Driessen||3B||3||Willie Mays||1B|
|4||Tony Perez||1B||4||Cleon Jones||RF|
|5||Johnny Bench||C||5||John Milner||LF|
|6||Andy Kosco||RF||6||Jerry Grote||C|
|7||Cesar Geronimo||CF||7||Don Hahn||CF|
|8||Darrel Chaney||SS||8||Ted Martinez||3B|
|9||Ross Grimsley||P||9||Jerry Koosman||P|