Amazin’ Look Back – August 13th, 1973: Mets Lose in 9th to Padres, 3-2

By Sam Maxwell

The New York Mets (52-64) lost their 3rd in a row, dropping the 1st of 3-game set to the Padres by a score of 3-2 on Monday, August 13, 1973. The 2,440 fans in the stands saw a thriller in the 9th, as Jon Matlack(9-15, 3.29 ERA) was unable to get 3 outs without the tying and winning runs scoring.

May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Detailed view of an official MLB baseball in a glove in the Atlanta Braves dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets were the 1st ones to score in the top of the 5th off reliever Mike Corkins with a Jerry Grote RBI groundout (starter Bill Greif went down with an injury 2 outs into the game.) The Padres got back at them in the bottom half with a Derrel Thomas RBI single.

The Mets were able to take the lead in the top of 8th off reliever Mike Caldwell with another RBI groundout, this time by Rusty Staub.

The bottom of the 9th began with a Fred Kendall single to left. Dwain Anderson pinch-ran for the man. When Dave Winfield singled to left as well, Cleon Jones made an error, and both runners moved up a base, with 2 runners in scoring position. Rich Morales then hit a sac fly to tie the game at 2. Matlack struck out pinch hitter Ivan Murrell, then intentionally walked Jerry Morales. San Diego manager Don Zimmer was thrilled Yogi Berra stayed in the dugout, because Derrel Thomas doubled home the winning run.

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