June 21, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Pirates former 1971 world series teammates Manny Sanguillen (35) and Steve Blass (facing) embrace after a ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Amazin’ Look Back, May 19th, 1973- Bucs Bop Mets in 10


The Pirates defeated the Mets in 10 innings at Shea today. Dave Giusti got the win in relief, and Tug McGraw took the loss. McGraw also was charged with a blown save, as the Mets had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning. However, in the ninth inning, Bob Robertson led off with a home run off of McGraw. In the tenth, Willie Stargell hit a three-run home run against McGraw. Stargell’s blast scored Dave Cash and Manny Sanguillen. Cash had reached on a fielder’s choice, and Sanguillen had singled.

The Mets wasted a solid pitching performance from Jon Matlack, who went six innings. Matlack allowed nine hits, but did not allow a run. He struck out six and walked one. The Mets scored their run in the bottom of the sixth on a Rusty Staub home run.The Mets’ record fell to 19-16.

Here’s a look at the starting lineups:

Pittsburgh Pirates New York Mets
1 Gene Clines CF 1 Wayne Garrett 2B
2 Dave Cash 2B 2 Jim Fregosi 3B
3 Manny Sanguillen RF 3 George Theodore LF
4 Willie Stargell LF 4 Rusty Staub RF
5 Bob Robertson 1B 5 Ed Kranepool 1B
6 Richie Hebner 3B 6 Jim Gosger CF
7 Gene Alley SS 7 Duffy Dyer C
8 Milt May C 8 Bud Harrelson SS
9 Nelson Briles P 9 Jon Matlack P

Up next: The Mets conclude their series with the Pirates at Shea.

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