Feb 12, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; A general view of a dugout logo as the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers and catchers report for a workout session during spring training at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - September 17, 1973: Pirates Trample Seaver and Mets, 10-3, at Three Rivers

The New York Mets (73-77) have been taking advantage of a weak NL East by winning the majority of their games of late, climbing ever so close in the standings. On Monday, September 17, 1973, however, they fell 3.5 games back of the division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates with a 10-3 loss to the Bucs on the road. Tom Seaver (17-10, 1.88 ERA) took the loss, giving up 5 runs in 3 innings of work.

They fell behind early with 2 out in the bottom of the 1st. Afrer inducing two flyballs to open up the frame, Tom gave up a single to 1st baseman Al Oliver. Pops, left fielder Willie Stargell, then hit a triple to right, scoring Al for the 1st run of the game.

The Bucs built on that lead in the 2nd when right fielder Richie Zisk and catcher Milt May each doubled to lead off the inning, giving the home team a 2-0.

Things got aways from the Franchise in the 3rd when he gave up back-to-back home runs to Stargell and Richie Hebner, the Pops one of the 2-run variety. He went the rest of the inning unscathed, but manager Yogi Berra decided Seaver just didn’t have it and brought in Ray Sedecki the next inning.

The Mets made a game out of it in the top of the 5th when center fielder Dave Schneck led off with a triple. Catcher Jerry Grote then singled him in to get the Metsies on the board, followed by a triple by shortstop Bud Harrelson. Greg Harts pinch-hit for Sedecki, but he grounded out to 3rd, holding Bud at the base. Luckily, though, 3rd baseman Wayne Garrett singled in Bud, and the Mets were in business, cutting the score to 5-3.

Yogi needed length from a pitcher, so he brought in Craig Swan. Unfortunately, Craig could not perform properly this day, as he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings. Buzz Capra gave up the cherry on top of 1 more run, and the Mets were unable to translate baserunners into more across the plate.

Starting Lineups

New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates
1 Wayne Garrett 3B 1 Rennie Stennett 2B
2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Dave Parker CF
3 Rusty Staub RF 3 Al Oliver 1B
4 John Milner 1B 4 Willie Stargell LF
5 Cleon Jones LF 5 Richie Hebner 3B
6 Dave Schneck CF 6 Richie Zisk RF
7 Jerry Grote C 7 Milt May C
8 Bud Harrelson SS 8 Dal Maxvill SS
9 Tom Seaver P 9 Bruce Kison P

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Tags: 1973 New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Seaver Willie Stargell

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