Amazin’ Look Back, 8/4/1973: Cards Top Mets 4-3

By Rich Sparago

The Cardinals beat the Mets at Shea today by the score on 4-3. Jerry Koosman went all the way for New York and took the loss, dropping his record to 8-12 on the season. Bob Gibson started for St. Louis and did not figure in the decision, with Orlando Pena getting the win in relief.

Mar 12, 2012; Jupiter, FL. USA; St. Louis Cardinals hall of famers Bob Gibson and Lou Brock joke around with Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Braves 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, when a run scored on error on fly ball by Ted Martinez. Jerry Grote scored on the play. The Cardinals tied the game in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Lou Brock. St. Louis then took the lead in the top of the fourth on a base hit by Ken Reitz. However, the Mets quickly tied the game in their half of the fourth when Jerry Grote singled in Ed Kranepool. The Cardinals scored the decisive runs in the top of the eighth, when Ted Simmons and Joe Torre singled in runs. The Mets scored one in the bottom of the ninth when Wayne Garrett singled in Jerry Grote, but the Mets’ rally fell short. The Mets’ record sunk to 48-58 on the season.

Here are the Starting lineups for the game:


Lou Brock LF

Ted Sizemore 2B

Luis Melendez CF

Ted Simmons C

Joe Torre 1B

Ken Reitz 3B

Bernie Carbo RF

Mike Tyson SS

Bob Gibson P


Don Hahn CF

Felix Millan 2B

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner LF

Ed Kranepool 1B

Ken Boswell 3B

Jerry Grote C

Ted Martinez SS

Jerry Koosman P

Up Next: The Mets and Cardinals complete their series at Shea tomorrow with a doubleheader. Tom Seaver and Jim McAndrew will pitch for the Mets.

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