August 1, 1973: Stone Leads Mets to DH Sweep of Bucs
|Date: August 1, 1973|
|Mets starter: George Stone|
|Winning pitcher: George Stone|
|Key player(s): George Stone, John Milner, Ken Boswell|
|Key play: Milner’s two homers, Boswell’s two singles|
The Mets and Pirates played a doubleheader on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. After shutting out the Bucs the opener, the Mets looked for a sweep in the second game of the twinbill. George Stone pitched eight scoreless innings as the Mets came away with a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Stone and Pirates’ starter Nelson Briles each hurled three innings of shutout ball to begin the game. Richie Zisk singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Stone retired the next three Pittsburgh batters to end the inning and Rusty Staub hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. John Milner drew a walk and Ed Kranepool popped out to Briles. Ken Boswell singled to drive home Staub and send Milner to third base. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Ron Hodges scored Milner for a 2-0 Mets lead. Briles then retired Bud Harrelson on a ground ball to second baseman Dave Cash to end the inning.
Following a scoreless fifth, Stone set down the Bucs in order in the top of the sixth. Milner homered for the Mets’ third run with one out in the bottom of the inning. Kranepool hit a double and moved to third base on Boswell’s line out to right fielder Zisk. Hodges grounded out to shortstop Dal Maxvill to end the inning. Stone held the Pirates to a double by Bob Robertson in the top of the seventh. Briles then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Stone pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Against Pittsburgh reliever Dave Giusti, Milner hit his second home run of the game with one out in the bottom half. Kranepool followed with his second double and scored the Mets’ fifth run on Boswell’s second single. Hodges was retired on a line drive to left fielder Rennie Stennett. Giusti then got Harrelson to ground out to Maxvill and end the inning.
Zisk singled to open the top of the ninth. Robertson flied out to left fielder Milner and a strikeout of Richie Hebner ensued. Stennett kept the Bucs’ chances alive with a double to left field. Maxvill followed with a double that drove home Zisk and Stennett. Stone was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Harry Parker, who gave up a single to pinch-hitter Willie Stargell. Parker then retired Cash on a fly ball to center fielder Don Hahn to end the game. The Mets had their first doubleheader sweep of the season.