September 22, 1973: Matlack and Garrett Bury Cardinals

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Date: September 22, 1973
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Garrett’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the first of two games in a weekend series. Jon Matlack pitched a four-hit shutout and Wayne Garrett hit a two-run homer for a 2-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Matlack and the Cards’ Reggie Cleveland each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Jon gave up just a double to Ken Reitz in the top of the third and Bud Harrelson singled with one out in the bottom half. Harrelson stole second base and Matlack went down on strikes. Wayne Garrett followed with a homer for a Mets lead of two runs. Cleveland then retired Felix Millan on a ground ball to shortstop Mike Tyson to close out the inning.

Matlack surrendered only a walk to Ted Simmons in the top of the fourth. Rusty Staub hit a single to lead off the bottom half. John Milner and Cleon Jones were retired on foul pop-ups and Dave Schneck singled to center field. Jerry Grote flied out to center fielder Tommie Agee to end the inning and Matlack hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Cleveland then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Matlack retired all three Redbird batters in the top of the sixth. Cleveland gave up just a walk to Milner in the bottom of the inning and Simmons got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Joe Torre was struck out and Luis Melendez singled to advance Simmons to third base. Reitz grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to finish off the inning and Cleveland retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Matlack pitched a perfect top of the eighth and drew a walk against St. Louis reliever Al Hrabosky to open the bottom of the inning. Garrett’s sacrifice bunt moved Matlack to second and Millan was walked intentionally. Hrabosky then threw called third strikes past both Staub and Milner for the inning’s final outs.

Ted Sizemore flied out to center fielder Don Hahn to begin the top of the ninth. Agee got a bunt single for the Cardinals’ fourth hit. Simmons was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Millan. Matlack then got Torre to fly out to Hahn and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Jon’s shutout that gave them a lead of one full game in the National League East Division.