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Amazin’ Look Back – April 19th, 1973: Mets Split Doubleheader with Cubs


Today at Shea, the Mets played two to wrap up their four game series with the Cubs.

Game 1:

Chicago took the lead in the top of the second on a Jose Cardenal RBI single that was preceded by a Rusty Staub error in right field.  After that, however, it was all Mets.  They plated two in the fourth on an RBI double off the bat of Wayne Garrett and an RBI single from Jerry Grote, and tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on a John Milner solo homer.

That was all Jerry Koosman needed, as he went the distance while running his record to 2-0.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from Game 1:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cubs 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Mets 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 1

New York Mets

Chicago Cubs

1. Bud Harrelson, SS 1. Cleo James, CF
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Glenn Beckert, 2B
3. Willie Mays, CF 3. Billy Williams, LF
4. Rusty Staub, RF 4. Jim Hickman, 1B
5. Cleon Jones, LF 5. Ron Santo, 3B
6. John Milner, 1B 6. Jose Cardenal, RF
7. Wayne Garrett, 3B 7. Randy Hundley, C
8. Jerry Grote, C 8. Don Kessinger, SS
9. Jerry Koosman, LHP 9. Rick Reuschel, P

 

Game 2:

The Cubs shut the Mets out 7-0 to earn a split of the doubleheader and take 3 out of 4 in overall in the series.

Jim McAndrew started for the Mets and was pounded.  He lasted only two thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks.  He struck out none.

The Mets went down meekly the rest of the way against Cubs starter Burt Hooton, who tossed a complete game shutout.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from Game 2:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cubs 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 10 0
Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

New York Mets

Chicago Cubs

1. Ted Martinez, SS 1. Rick Monday, CF
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Paul Popovich, 2B
3. George Theodore, CF 3. Billy Williams, LF
4. Rusty Staub, RF 4. Joe Pepitone, 1B
5. Cleon Jones, LF 5. Ron Santo, 3B
6. John Milner, 1B 6. Jose Cardenal, RF
7. Wayne Garrett, 3B 7. Ken Rudolph, C
8. Duffy Dyer, C 8. Don Kessinger, SS
9. Jim McAndrew, P 9. Burt Hooton, P

Up Next:

The Mets (6-5) are off tomorrow.  They open a 3 game set with Montreal on 4/21.

 

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