Amazin’ Look Back, 9/22/1973: Mets Blank Cards 2-0

By Rich Sparago

The Mets won their 5th in a row today at Shea, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 behind the stellar pitching of Jon Matlack. Matlack went the distance, allowing just 4 hits, striking out 9 and walking only one. The Mets got all the offense they would need in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by Wayne Garrett, his 15th of the season, off Cardinals’ starter and loser, Reggie Cleveland. Bud Harrelson, who had singled with one out, scored ahead of Garrett on the home run. The rest of the day was about Matlack, who dominated the Cardinals.

Sep 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyon (70) delivers a pitch during the tenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. The Rockies won 7-6 in 15 innings. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets maintained their 1-game lead in the National League East, as the season was set to enter its final week. Looking ahead, the Mets play the Expos two games at Shea this week, then go the Chicago to close the season against the Cubs. Before that, the Mets will conclude their series with the Cardinals tomorrow at Shea, with George Stone taking on Mike Thompson. This will be a very interesting week for the Mets, as they try to continue their unexpected journey in the playoffs.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:


Lou Brock LF

Ted Sizemore 2B

Tommie Agee CF

Ted Simmons C

Joe Torre 1B

Luis Melendez RF

Ken Reitz 3B

Mike Tyson SS

Reggie Cleveland P


Wayne Garrett 3B

Felix Millan 2B

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner 1B

Cleon Jones LF

Dave Schenck CF

Jerry Grote C

Bud Harrelson SS

Jon Matlack P

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