Apr 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A view of a baseball on the field during batting practice before a game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - May 8th, 1973: Mets Fall to Braves 10-6

The Mets were only able to regain a .500 record for a day. After getting back even with a convincing 7-2 win yesterday, the number thirteen (13-13) I guess proved unlucky, as the Amazin’s dropped Game Two of their series against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Jon Matlack took the Shea Stadium mound versus Ron Reed.

Braves second baseman Davey Johnson took care of most of the damage inflicted against Mets pitching today. He clubbed a solo home run off Matlack in the fourth inning, which tied the game at one. When Matlack ran into trouble in the top of the seventh, Yogi summoned Phil Hennigan to relieve. Davey Johnson then stepped in, and hit his second home run of the game, only this time, it was a two out grand slam. In all, Atlanta scored seven runs in the top of the frame. Four were charged to Matlack, three to Hennigan.

Jon Matlack has been enduring tough times of late. Upon today’s exit, he completed 6.2 innings, allowing five total runs on six hits. He walked three batters, and only fanned two in suffering his (2-5) fifth loss of the season. Ray Sadecki pitched 1.1 innings in scoreless relief of Hennigan. But in the ninth inning, Tug McGraw continued his own recent struggles, allowing two more Atlanta runs. Tug’s earned run average is now up to an even six, while Matlack watched his rise to a 4.96 mark.

Felix Millan, Rusty Staub, Ed Kranepool Jim Gosger, and Jerry Grote all drove in a run for the Mets during their 10-6 losing effort. The Mets were not without their chances. Even though they stroked ten hits in the game, the Mets were only 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position. All told, they left nine runners on base.

Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves
New York Mets
1
RF
1
CF
2
SS
2
2B
3
LF
3
3B
4
2B
4
RF
5
CF
5
1B
6
3B
6
LF
7
1B
7
C
8
C
8
SS
9
P
9
P

Injuries continue to take their toll. Cleon Jones has now missed the last sixteen games. Little used Jim Gosger made the start in left again. Jim has now appeared in six straight games, with four hits in twenty-one times to the plate. Ed Kranepool has been getting most of the playing time in left field, right up until John Milner got hurt. The Hammer last played on April 25th in Houston. Since then Steady Eddie has been playing first and has been wielding a hot bat. He is 6 for his last 15, and now has his batting average up to .318 for the season.

The 13-14 Mets will try and get back to .500 again in tomorrow’s rubber game against the Braves, which will also conclude this eight game home-stand, in which the Mets have so far posted a disappointing 1-6 record, and fell below .500 for the first time this year. The Mets are currently in third place, but only two games behind the first place Cubs.

 

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