June 27, 1973: Capra Stops Phils With No-Hit Relief

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Date: June 27, 1973
Mets starter: George Stone
Mets: 7
Phillies: 6
Winning pitcher: George Stone
Key player(s): Buzz Capra, Ron Hodges, Ted Martinez
Key play: Mets’ seven runs in 1st, Capra’s four hitless innings

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening. In the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets scored seven runs in the first inning. After the Phils trimmed the lead to one run, Buzz Capra pitched four innings of hitless relief as the Mets held on for a 7-6 win.

Mets’ starter George Stone retired the side in order in the top of the first. Wayne Garrett led off the bottom half with a single against Philadelphia’s Barry Lersch. Felix Millan singled and advanced to third base on a single by Rusty Staub that drove home Garrett. John Milner hit a ground ball on which first baseman Mike Schmidt threw to catcher Bob Boone for an out at home on Millan. Ed Kranepool singled to load the bases and a single by Jim Gosger scored Staub. Ron Hodges followed with a single to center field to plate Milner and Kranepool for a 4-0 Mets lead. Gosger came home on a double by Ted Martinez. Stone hit a single to bring home Hodges and Martinez for seven runs in the inning. Garrett flied out to left fielder Greg Luzinski and a single by Millan followed. Lersch then got Staub on an inning-ending grounder to Schmidt.

Luzinski homered to begin the top of the second inning. Schmidt hit a single and Mike Anderson went down on strikes. Boone singled to move Schmidt to third base and Larry Bowa popped out to second baseman Millan. Lersch hit a single to score Schmidt for the Phillies’ second run. Stone issued a walk to Cesar Tovar and got Terry Harmon on a fly ball to right fielder Staub to end the inning. Lersch then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the third inning, Luzinski singled to left field. Schmidt drew a walk and Anderson hit a three-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-5. Boone grounded out to shortstop Martinez and a fly ball by Bowa was caught by left fielder Kranepool for the third out of the inning. Hodges doubled and moved to third base on a single by Martinez to open the bottom half. Stone hit a grounder on which Schmidt threw to Boone for an out on Hodges at the plate. Garrett fouled out to third baseman Tovar. Lersch then retired Millan on a pop-up to second baseman Harmon to close out the inning.

Stone and Lersch each pitched a scoreless fourth. In the top of the fifth, Anderson and Boone got back-to-back singles with one out. Bowa followed with a bunt single on which third baseman Garrett made a throwing error. On the miscue, Anderson came home with the sixth Philadelphia run of the game. Boone also tried to score on the play, but was out at home on Staub’s throw to catcher Hodges. Stone struck out Lersch to end the inning. The Mets were then held to a single by Martinez in a scoreless bottom half.

Capra retired the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth inning. Lersch hurled a perfect bottom half and Luzinski drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Capra followed up with strikeouts of Schmidt and pinch-hitter Del Unser. Buzz retired Boone on a line drive to Kranepool to end the inning. Lersch then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Bowa flied out to Staub to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Mike Rogodzinski drew a walk and Tovar popped out to first baseman Milner. Capra got pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton on a force play grounder to Martinez to close out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Ted singled against Phils’ reliever Bill Wilson for his fourth hit of the game. Wilson then got Capra to hit a ground ball to second baseman Tovar (who had shifted from third) for an inning-ending double play.

Capra struck out Bill Robinson to start the top of the ninth. Luzinski was retired on a pop-up to Millan. Buzz then got Schmidt to ground out to Martinez and end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader as Capra stopped the Phillies with four innings of scoreless and hitless relief.