July 10, 1973: Matlack Pitches One-Hitter

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Date: July 10, 1973
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Duffy Dyer
Key play: Dyer’s single in 2nd

A total attendance of 19,942 came out to see the last place Mets play the Astros at Shea Stadium. The fans were treated to an outstanding pitching performance for the home team. Jon Matlack tossed a one-hit shutout, facing only 28 batters in a 1-0 Mets’ win over Houston.

Jon kept the Astros off the bases for the first five innings, retiring all fifteen batters. Meanwhile, the Mets got six hits off Houston’s Jerry Reuss, but managed to score only one run. Duffy Dyer’s single brought home Rusty Staub from second base with two out in the second for the lone Mets’ tally.

In the sixth, Matlack’s quest for a perfect game ended. Tommy Helms hit a double to left field to start off the inning. Helms was left on base as Jon retired the next three hitters, the last two on strikeouts.

The Mets were unable to add to their one-run lead. Reuss held the New York lineup hitless from the sixth to the eighth. He also got the Mets to hit into four double plays in the game.

Matlack took his pitching gem into the top of the ninth. He struck out all three Astro hitters he faced, the last being Tommie Agee to end the game. Jon finished his one-hitter with seven strikeouts, three of which came with Agee batting.