The New York Mets (52-64) lost their 3rd in a row, dropping the 1st of 3-game set to the Padres by a score of 3-2 on Monday, August 13, 1973. The 2,440 fans in the stands saw a thriller in the 9th, as Jon Matlack(9-15, 3.29 ERA) was unable to get 3 outs without the tying and winning runs scoring.
The Mets were the 1st ones to score in the top of the 5th off reliever Mike Corkins with a Jerry Grote RBI groundout (starter Bill Greif went down with an injury 2 outs into the game.) The Padres got back at them in the bottom half with a Derrel Thomas RBI single.
The bottom of the 9th began with a Fred Kendall single to left. Dwain Anderson pinch-ran for the man. When Dave Winfield singled to left as well, Cleon Jones made an error, and both runners moved up a base, with 2 runners in scoring position. Rich Morales then hit a sac fly to tie the game at 2. Matlack struck out pinch hitter Ivan Murrell, then intentionally walked Jerry Morales. San Diego manager Don Zimmer was thrilled Yogi Berra stayed in the dugout, because Derrel Thomas doubled home the winning run.
|New York Mets||San Diego Padres|
|1||Don Hahn||CF||1||Jerry Morales||CF|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Derrel Thomas||SS|
|3||Rusty Staub||RF||3||Dave Roberts||3B|
|4||John Milner||1B||4||Nate Colbert||1B|
|5||Cleon Jones||LF||5||Cito Gaston||RF|
|6||Wayne Garrett||SS||6||Fred Kendall||C|
|7||Ken Boswell||3B||7||Dave Winfield||LF|
|8||Jerry Grote||C||8||Rich Morales||2B|
|9||Jon Matlack||P||9||Bill Greif||P|