Tonight at Busch Stadium, the Mets and Cardinals made it to the 10th inning before either team broke through. Unfortunately for the Mets, that team was the Cardinals, who walked off with a 1-0 victory.
Tom Seaver got the start for the Mets and was brilliant, hurling 9 scoreless innings before the fateful 10th. Reggie Cleveland got the start for St. Louis, and matched Seaver zero for zero before being lifted at the start of the 10th.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the 10th, Al Hrabosky retired the Mets in order. Seaver came out to pitch the bottom of the frame, and gave up a leadoff double to Lou Brock. After Ted Sizemore bunted Brock over to third base, Jose Cruz delivered a game winning RBI single for St. Louis.
The loss dropped the Mets to 61-71 on the season, 6.5 games out of first place in the N.L. East.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
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. Jose Cruz, CF|
|4. John Milner, LF||4. Ted Simmons, C|
|5. Ed Kranepool, 1B||5. Joe Torre, 3B|
|6. Jerry Grote, C||6. Tim McCarver, 1B|
|7. Don Hahn, CF||7. Bernie Carbo, RF|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Mike Tyson, SS|
|9. Tom Seaver, P||9. Reggie Cleveland, P|
The Mets play the second game of their four game set with the Cardinals tomorrow.