Amazin’ Look Back 9/15/1973: Mets Split Double Header With Cubs

The Mets split a double-header with the Cubs at Shea today, winning the opener 5-1, and dropping the nightcap 7-0. In game one, George Stone led the way, pitching 6 2/3, allowing 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 4 and walking 1. Stone improved his record to 11-3. Tug McGraw relieved Stone and notched his 21st save of the year, going 2 1/3 innings, with no runs allowed, striking out 3. On offense, Rusty Staub and Cleon Jones had 2 RBI each, and Bud Harrelson drove in New York’s other run. Harrelson also scored two runs in the game.

Sep 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the starting lineups for the game:

Cubs:

Don Kessinger SS

Rick Monday CF

Billy Williams LF

Jose Cardenal RF

Ron Santo 3B

Carmen Fanzone 1B

Paul Popovich 2B

Randy Hundley C

Fergie Jenkins P

Mets:

Wayne Garrett 3B

Felix Millan 2B

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner 1B

Cleon Jones LF

Dave Schneck CF

Jerry Grote C

Bud Harrelson SS

George Stone P

In game 2, The Cubs turned the tables on the Mets, with with Rick Reuschel throwing a complete game, 10-hit shutout. Ray Sadecki started for the Mets and was hit hard, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits. Sadecki took the loss and saw his record drop to 4-4. For the Cubs, the RBI came from Fanzone (3), Williams (1) and Monday (1). Here are the starting lineups for the game:

Cubs:

Don Kessinger SS

Rick Monday CF

Billy Williams LF

Jose Cardenal RF

Ron Santo 3B

Carmen Fanzone 1B

Paul Popovich 2B

Ken Rudolph C

Rick Reuschel P

After the split, the Mets’ record on the year stands at 72-76.

Up Next, the Mets and Cubs conclude their series tomorrow, when Jerry Koosman takes on Burt Hooten.

 

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Topics: Bud Harrelson, George Stone, Ray Sadecki

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