August 6, 1973: Late Offense Beats Cardinals
|Date: August 6, 1973|
|Mets starter: George Stone|
|Winning pitcher: Harry Parker|
|Key player(s): John Milner, Wayne Garrett, Harry Parker|
|Key play: Milner’s double, Garrett’s two-run single|
The Mets and Cardinals faced each other on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played for the fifth time in a six-game series that overlapped the weekend. The Mets exploded with nine runs from the sixth inning to the eighth for a 10-3 win over St. Louis.
In the top of the first, Ted Sizemore got a one-out single off Mets’ starter George Stone. An ensuing double by Luis Melendez moved Sizemore to third base. Ted Simmons hit a ground ball on which third baseman Wayne Garrett made an error as Sizemore scored. Joe Torre flied out to center fielder Don Hahn. Stone then got Ken Reitz on a force play grounder to Garrett that ended the inning.
Cardinals’ starter Reggie Cleveland walked Hahn to open the bottom of the first. Felix Millan singled and Rusty Staub was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cleveland struck out John Milner and retired Cleon Jones on a fly ball to right fielder Bernie Carbo. Hahn tagged up at third and scored after the catch. Jerry Grote then grounded out to first baseman Torre for the third out.
Carbo singled off Stone to lead off the top of the second inning. Mike Tyson hit into a force play and went to second on Cleveland’s sacrifice bunt. A single by Lou Brock brought home Tyson and put St. Louis ahead, 2-1. Sizemore grounded out to second baseman Millan to end the inning. The Mets were then set down in order by Cleveland in the bottom half.
Stone and Cleveland each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Reitz led off with a double and went to third on Carbo’s ground out to Millan. Tyson’s sacrifice fly scored Reitz for the Redbirds’ third run. Stone threw a called third strike past Cleveland for the third out. Garrett and Grote got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Cleveland retired Ted Martinez on a fly ball to Carbo in right field and a pinch-hit single by Ken Boswell plated Garrett. Hahn then flied out to Carbo to end the inning.
The Cards failed to score after loading the bases against Mets’ reliever Harry Parker in the top of the seventh. Singles by Millan and Staub began the bottom half. Milner hit a double to bring home Millan and tie the game. Jones received an intentional walk to load the bases with none out. Garrett followed with a single to left field that scored Staub and Milner for a 5-3 Mets lead. St. Louis reliever Diego Segui then came in and completed the inning with no further scoring.
Parker shut down the Cardinals despite a pair of singles in the top of the eighth inning. With St. Louis reliever Wayne Granger on the mound in the bottom half, Staub drew a one-out walk and went to second base on catcher Simmons’ passed ball. Granger walked Milner intentionally and hit Jones with a pitch to load the bases. Garrett’s ensuing grounder was misplayed by second baseman Dave Campbell, allowing Staub and Milner to cross the plate. A single by Grote brought home Jones. Cards’ reliever Ed Sprague walked Martinez and gave up a single to Parker that plated Garrett. Hahn followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Grote for the Mets’ tenth run. Millan then hit a ground ball to Campbell for the third out of the inning.
Parker pitched a perfect top of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory with a late offensive surge. The team’s triumph came after losing the previous three games to the Redbirds in the lengthy series.