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

Amazin’ Look Back – 9/5/1973: Mets Blank Phillies


Tonight at Shea Stadium, the Mets blanked Philadelphia 4-0 to remain within 5.5 games of the N.L East lead.

The Mets broke through right away, plating a run in the first inning when Rusty Staub hit a solo homer with 2 outs.

In the fifth, the Mets extended their lead to 2-0.  With 2 outs, Phillies starter Wayne Twitchell uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wayne Garrett to scamper home.

After Tug McGraw relieved Sadecki with 2 outs in the top of the sixth and escaped the inherited jam unscathed, the Mets added 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.  The runs came courtesy of a 2 out triple by Wayne Garrett that plated Jerry Grote and Bud Harrelson and gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.

McGraw hurled the next 3 innings to close out the shutout victory.

The win moved the Mets to 66-73 on the season.

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

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

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Wayne Garrett, 3B 1. Terry Harmon, 2B
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Mike Anderson, RF
3. Rusty Staub, RF 3. Willie Montanez, 1B
4. John Milner, LF 4. Greg Luzinski, LF
5. Ed Kranepool, 1B 5. Bill Robinson, CF
6. Jerry Grote, C 6. Bob Boone, C
7. Don Hahn, CF 7. Mike Schmidt, 3B
8. Bud Harrelson, SS 8. Larry Bowa, SS
9. Ray Sadecki, P 9. Wayne Twitchell, P

Next Up:

The Mets are off tomorrow.  They open a 7 game road trip with a doubleheader in Montreal on September 7th.

 

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