Mar 12, 2012; Jupiter, FL. USA; St. Louis Cardinals hall of famers Bob Gibson and Lou Brock joke around with Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Braves 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - July 26, 1973: Mets Drop Doubleheader to Cardinals, 13-1 and 2-1, at the Busch

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The New York Mets (42-53) scored only 2 runs all day while losing to the St. Louis Cardinals twice in the Gateway City. Jon Matlack (7-13, 3.66 ERA) lost the 1st game, while Jerry Koosman (8-10, 3.31 ERA) took the L in the nightcap.

In the first game, the Mets were able to scrap a run off Bob Gibson in the 2nd inning off an Ed Kranepool sac fly, but Matlack could not shut the Cards down in the bottom half, giving up 5 runs in the frame. Matlack only went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs (5 ER) on 10 hits and 3 walks. Reliever John Strohmayer ended up giving 6 runs up in his 2 innings of work, including a Grand Slam by Bob Gibson in the bottom of the 5th. That same man ended up going 9 against the Metsies.

In the 2nd game, Jerry Koosman kept the Mets in the game against STL starter Alan Foster, giving up 1 run over 7 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. You can’t be in the game if you can’t cross the plate, however, and by the time the Mets did so in the 9th inning with an RBI groundout by Jerry Grote, the Cardinals had scored another run on a Joe Torre home run off reliever Harry Parker in the 8th.

Willie Mays pinch-hit for Bud Harrelson, but he struck out looking for the last out of the game.

Starting Lineups (Gm. 1)

New York Mets St.Louis Cardinals
1 Wayne Garrett 3B 1 Lou Brock LF
2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Ted Sizemore 2B
3 Rusty Staub RF 3 Joe Torre 1B
4 Cleon Jones CF 4 Ted Simmons C
5 John Milner LF 5 Luis Melendez CF
6 Ed Kranepool 1B 6 Ken Reitz 3B
7 Ron Hodges C 7 Bernie Carbo RF
8 Bud Harrelson SS 8 Mike Tyson SS
9 Jon Matlack P 9 Bob Gibson P

Starting Lineups (Gm. 2)

New York Mets St.Louis Cardinals
1 Wayne Garrett 3B 1 Lou Brock LF
2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Ted Sizemore 2B
3 Rusty Staub RF 3 Joe Torre 1B
4 Cleon Jones CF 4 Ted Simmons C
5 John Milner LF 5 Luis Melendez CF
6 Ed Kranepool 1B 6 Ken Reitz 3B
7 Jerry Grote C 7 Bernie Carbo RF
8 Bud Harrelson SS 8 Mike Tyson SS
9 Jerry Koosman P 9 Alan Foster P

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