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Amazin’ Look Back – April 25, 1973: Jerry Koosman Goes The Distance To Lead New York Mets


Coming off a 4-2 defeat against the Houston Astros, the Mets looked to even the series with Jerry Koosman on the mound. To the delight of Mets fans, Koosman’s performance was just what the Mets needed as he went the distance, throwing a complete-game that lifted the Mets to a 5-2 victory. Koosman went on allow two runs on six hits, while striking out three batters.

June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros opened the scoring in the first inning, when Koosman allowed a sacrifice fly to allow Tommy Helms to score after hitting a triple. However, Koosman settled down nicely as he went on throw five consecutive innings without allowing another run before third baseman Doug Rader homer in the seventh inning. By the time the Astros got back on the board, the Mets were already up by a score of 5-1, thanks in large part to a three-run third inning, courtesy of a two-run double off the bat of John Milner followed by George Theodore‘s RBI single.   This scoring play for the Mets signaled the end of Astros starter Don Wilson, who only lasted 2.1 innings, while allowing four runs on six hits.

Koosman went on to induce three consecutive ground outs in the ninth inning to seal the complete-game 5-2 victory for the New York Mets.

Here’s an overview of the boxscore and starting lineups of this game:

With the victory, Koosman’s record improved to 3-0 and the Mets overall record improved to 9-7. New York will look to win the series tomorrow with starter Jim McAndrew on the mound.