Amazin’ Look Back: June 28th & June 29th, 1973

June 28th, 1973:

Tonight, in front of less than 10,000 fans at Shea Stadium, the Mets were blown out by the Phillies 11-4.

Jun 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the fog at Wrigley Field during the first inning of a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Jim McAndrew got the start for the Mets, and didn’t have it.  He was touched up for five runs over the first three innings, and Philadelphia carried a 6-3 lead into the seventh.

In the top of the seventh, the Phillies blew the game open by plating four runs off Tug McGraw to extend their lead to 10-3.  The big blow was a three run homer off the bat of Tom Hutton.  The Mets and Phillies each scored a run the rest of the way, leading to the 11-4 final score.  It was the New York’s second straight loss.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Phillies 2 2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 11 13 2
Mets 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 3

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Willie Mays, CF 1. Denny Doyle, 2B
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Mike Rogodzinski, RF
3. Rusty Staub, RF 3. Del Unser, CF
4. John Milner, 1B 4. Greg Luzinski, LF
5. Ed Kranepool, LF 5. Tom Hutton, 1B
6. Jim Gosger, CF 6. Mike Schmidt, 3B
7. Ron Hodges, C 7. Bob Boone, C
8. Ted Martinez, SS 8. Larry Bowa, SS
9. Jim McAndrew, P 9. Jim Lonborg, P

Next Up:

The Mets will be in Chicago tomorrow to open a four game set against the Cubs.

June 29th, 1973:

Today at Wrigley Field, the Mets lost to the Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings.

Tom Seaver was on the hill for the Mets, and the Cubs opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Pat Bourque delivered a two out, RBI single to left field.  That made it 1-0 Chicago, and that’s where the score remained for five innings.

In the top of the sixth, the Mets tied things it 1 when Rusty Staub hit an RBI single to center field.  The Cubs and Mets exchanged runs in the seventh and eighth, ,and the game entered the ninth inning tied at 2.

The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth when John Milner led off the inning with a home run.  With Buzz Capra on the mound and the Mets one out away from a victory, Capra served up a game tying home run to Gene Hiser.

After the Mets failed to score in their half of the 10th, the Cubs came to the plate with a chance to win it.  After Mets reliever Buzz Capra loaded the bases with nobody out, manager Yogi Berra called on Tug McGraw to put out the fire.  McGraw got the first out, inducing a grounder that forced the lead runner at home plate.  However, Jose Cardenal followed by hitting a game winning RBI single to left field to hand the Mets their third loss in a row.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9/10 R H E
Mets 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1/0 3 11 0
Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/1 4 10 0

New York Mets

Chicago Cubs

1. Don Hahn, CF 1. Rick Monday, CF
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Glenn Beckert, 2B
3. Wayne Garrett, 3B 3. Jose Cardenal, RF
4. Rusty Staub, RF 4. Pat Bourque, 1B
5. Ed Kranepool, LF 5. Ron Santo, 3B
6. John Milner, 1B 6. Adrian Garrett, LF
7. Ron Hodges, C 7. Randy Hundley, C
8. Ted Martinez, SS 8. Don Kessinger, SS
9. Tom Seaver, P 9. Rick Reuschel, P

Next Up:

The Mets play the second game of their four game set against the Cubs tomorrow at Wrigley Field.


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