Amazin’ Look Back: 6/9/73: Mets Top LA, 4-2

The Mets beat the Dodgers today at Shea by the score of 4-2, before 47,800. Jon Matlack went the distance for the win, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. Al Downingtook the loss for the Dodgers.

Apr 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets former player Rusty Staub throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of a MLB opening day game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, on a RBI groundout by Willie Davis, driving in Davey Lopes, who had opened the game with a double and advanced to third on a single by Bill Buckner. The Mets immediately assumed the lead in the bottom of the first, on a 2-RBI double by Rusty Staub. Staub’s double scored Willie Mays and Ted Martinez. The Dodgers tied the game in the third on a sacrifice fly by Buckner. Once again, the Mets answered quickly, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third on a home run by Willie Mays. The Mets added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, on a double by Rusty Staub that scored Felix Millan.

Here’s a look at the starting lineups for the game:

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Davey Lopes 2B

Bill Buckner 1B

Willie Davis CF

Joe Ferguson C

Ron Cey 3B

Manny Mota LF

Willie Crawford RF

Bill Russell SS

Al Downing P

New York Mets:

Ted Martinez 3B

Felix Millan 2B

Wille Mays CF

Rusty Staub RF

Jim Fregosi SS

John Milner 1B

George Theodore LF

Duffy Dyer C

Jon Matlck P

Up Next: The Mets conclude their series with the Dodgers, with Jerry Koosman taking on Claude Osteen.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to Like Rising Apple’s Facebook page and follow@RisingAppleBlog on Twitter to keep up with the latest news, rumors, and opinion



Topics: Jon Matlack, Rusty Staub, Willie Mays

Want more from Rising Apple?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Mets news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From