Amazin Look Back, April 7, 1973: Mets Nip Phils 3-2

After opening the season with a 3-0 win over the Phillies, the Mets got by the Phillies today on a game-winning hit by Willie Mays in the bottom of the ninth. Mays’s hit with two outs scored Ted Martinez from second with the winning run, making a winner of Jon Matlack, who went the distance, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out two. Martinez was running for Ed Kranepool, who led off the ninth with a walk. With one out, Martinez advanced to second on a fielder’s choice by Felix Millan.

May 6, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Hall of fame outfielder Willie Mays (right) with former negro league teammate Bill Greason (left) during a ceremony for Mays

Matlack did not dominate today, but he was effective over nine innings. He walked 5, and allowed a home run to Bill Robinson. The Mets scored their first two runs on a home run by John Milner, and an RBI single by Cleon Jones. The Mets moved their record to 2-0 before 18,878 at Shea.

Here’s what the starting lineups looked like:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets
1 Larry Bowa SS 1 Bud Harrelson SS
2 Bill Robinson CF 2 Felix Millan 2B
3 Willie Montanez RF 3 Willie Mays CF
4 Deron Johnson 1B 4 Rusty Staub RF
5 Greg Luzinski LF 5 Cleon Jones LF
6 Jose Pagan 3B 6 John Milner 1B
7 Bob Boone C 7 Jim Fregosi 3B
8 Terry Harmon 2B 8 Duffy Dyer C
9 Jim Lonborg P 9 Jon Matlack P

Up next, the Mets go to Saint Louis to visit the Cardinals, and Jerry Koosman takes the hill for the opener.. Let’s go Mets!

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