October 20, 1973: Game Six of the World Series
|Date: October 20, 1973|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Catfish Hunter|
|Key player(s): Reggie Jackson|
|Key play: Jackson's two doubles, Knowles's strikeout of Staub|
The Mets and Athletics played the sixth game of the World Series on a Saturday afternoon. A crowd of 49,333 was on hand at the Oakland Coliseum for the event. The Athletics defeated the Mets by a score of 3-1 to even the Series at three games apiece.
Oakland starter Catfish Hunter shut down the Mets in the top of the first inning. Joe Rudi singled off New York’s Tom Seaver with one out in the bottom half. Seaver struck out Sal Bando and surrendered a double to Reggie Jackson that brought home Rudi for a 1-0 Oakland lead. Seaver fanned Gene Tenace to end the inning and Hunter pitched a perfect top of the second. Tom retired three consecutive Oakland batters after a leadoff walk to Vic Davlillo in the bottom half. Hunter then set down the Mets in order again in the top of the third.
Bando singled with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Jackson followed with a double to drive home Bando. Seaver retired Tenace on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman John Milner and the Mets were retired in order by Hunter again in the top of the fourth. Seaver hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jerry Grote singled to open the top of the fifth. Hunter set down the next three New York batters and Seaver shut down Oakland in the bottom half. After a scoreless sixth inning, Hunter held the Mets to a single by Milner in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Rudi drew a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Seaver then got Bando to fly out to center fielder Don Hahn and end the inning.
Ken Boswell got a pinch-hit single off Hunter with one out in the top of the eighth. Wayne Garrett singled off Athletics’ reliever Darold Knowles to send Boswell to third base. A single by Felix Millan scored Boswell and cut the Oakland lead to 2-1. Knowles fanned Rusty Staub for the second out and reliever Rollie Fingers retired Cleon Jones on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Davalillo. Facing the Mets’ Tug McGraw to lead off the bottom half, Jackson singled and advanced to third base on an error by Hahn. Tenace drew a walk and pinch-hitter Jesus Alou hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Jackson. McGraw then struck out Deron Johnson with Tenace being thrown out stealing by catcher Grote to second baseman Millan to complete a double play that ended the inning.
Milner flied out to right fielder Alou to begin the top of the ninth. Grote grounded out to second baseman Dick Green. Fingers then retired pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool on a pop-up to Green for the final out of the game. The Mets had gone down to defeat and the Series was tied.