Amazin’ Look Back – June 11, 1973: Mets Lose to Giants, 2-1, at Shea
The New York Mets (23-29) continue to fall in the standings, their latest loss at the hands of the Giants, 2-1, on Monday, June 11, 1973. Since being 17-14 and 2.5 games back, they now sit 9 games behind the 1st place Chicago Cubs. George Stone (1-2, 2.00 ERA), who went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, took the hard-luck loss. Ron Bryant (10-3, 2.17 ERA) went 8 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 5 walks.
It was scoreless until the top of the 4th, when the Giants opened with 2 straight singles by Tito Fuentes and Garry Maddox, though the latter was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Ed Goodson, however, then doubled home Fuentes, advancing to 3rd on Willie Mays‘ throwing error. They scored another in the 5th when Dave Kingman led the inning off with a solo shot for the Orange and Black.
The Mets got one back in the bottom of the 5th on a Ted Martinez single that scored George Theodore. With 11 runners left on base, the Mets had plenty of chances to take this one, including the 9th, when Felix Millan singled to left with 2 out. Randy Moffitt entered the game for the Giants to face their old friend Willie Mays, and the pitcher got the legend to ground into a forceout to end the game.
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