October 16, 1973: Game Three of the World Series

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Date: October 16, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Athletics: 3
Winning pitcher: Paul Lindblad
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bert Campaneris
Key play: Garrett's home run, Grote's passed ball, Campaneris's single

The Mets faced the Athletics in the third game of the World Series on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams went into extra innings for the second straight time in the Series. A run in the 11th gave Oakland a 3-2 win over the Mets for a two-games-to-one Series lead.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver concluded a scoreless top of the first inning with strikeouts of Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson. Wayne Garrett homered off the Athletics’ Catfish Hunter to begin the bottom half. Felix Millan singled and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by Rusty Staub. A wild pitch allowed Millan to score for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cleon Jones went down on strikes and John Milner reached on an error by Hunter. Jerry Grote struck out and Don Hahn flied out to left fielder Joe Rudi to end the inning. Seaver fanned all three Oakland batters in the top of the second. Hunter then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Seaver and Hunter each hurled scoreless ball in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Bando doubled with one out in the top of the sixth. Seaver struck out Jackson and gave up a double to Gene Tenace that brought home Bando. Vic Davalillo grounded out to second baseman Millan to end the inning. Hunter shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Seaver retired three Oakland pinch-hitters for a perfect top of the seventh. Athletics’ reliever Darold Knowles then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Bert Campaneris opened the top of the eighth with a single to left field. Campaneris stole second base and scored the tying run on a single by Rudi. A sacrifice bunt by Bando moved Rudi to second and Jackson flied out to center fielder Hahn. Seaver fanned Tenace for his twelfth strikeout of the game to end the inning. Knowles set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and the Athletics put runners on first and second with none out against reliever Ray Sadecki in the top of the ninth. Tug McGraw came in to pitch for New York and got Ted Kubiak to bunt into a force play. McGraw followed up by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Angel Mangual and retiring Campaneris on an inning-ending fly ball to Hahn. Staub hit a double off Oakland’s Paul Lindblad with two outs in the bottom half. Jones was given an intentional walk. Lindblad then got Milner to fly out to right fielder Jackson and send the game onward.

McGraw and Lindblad each hurled a scoreless 10th inning. Mets’ reliever Harry Parker walked Kubiak with one out in the bottom half. On a third strike to Mangual, Kubiak advanced to second base on catcher Grote’s passed ball. An ensuing single by Campaneris plated Kubiak to put the Athletics ahead by a run. Trying to advance on a throw, Campaneris was caught at second base for the final out of the inning.

Garrett singled off Lindblad to start the bottom of the 11th. Against Oakland’s Rollie Fingers, Millan laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Garrett to second base. Staub hit a fly ball to center fielder Mangual for the second out of the inning. Fingers then retired Jones on a ground ball to shortstop Campaneris to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning defeat to fall behind in the Series.

Notes

  • Willie Mays hit into a force play to end the bottom of the 10th inning. This was the final appearance of his career.