Sep 6, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1973- Tug McGraw Gets A Win, Save & Game Winning Hit in Twinbill Sweep

September 7, 1973: The '73 Mets were rolling along in September, they came into tonights game wiining eight out of their last eleven and were now only four games back.
On a chilly evening at Montreal's Park Jarry, Yogi Berra sent Jon Matlack to the hill against former Met Steve Renko. Renko pitched well allowing one run on six hits before giving way to Mike Marshall. The only run came on a HR by Wayne Gaarrett to lead off the game, it was his 12th of the year. Jon Matlack went into the 9th inning. Even though he had walked six batters he only gave up five hits and didn't allow any runs. After allowing two two out walks in the ninth onning, he gave way to Tug McGraw who got former Met Ron Hunt to ground out to end the game. Matlack earned his 12th win, & Tug his 17th save.

Nightcap: This game made a long night for base ball, lasting 4 1/2 hours. Combined with the first game it made for over seven hours of baseball for the 24,000 fans. The Expos got the 1st run when Bob Bailey singled home Felipe Alou in the 3rd, off Jerry Koosman. In the Met 7th, Jerry Grote reached on an error the Mike Torrez walked Don Hahn, Bud Harrelson and 1973's top pinch hitter Ken Boswell to tie it.

Koos was relieved after six, and Harry Parker came on to pitch three scoreless innings. Tug McGraw baseballs hottest pitcher, came on & pitched 5.1 innings in relief earning the win after saving game one hours earlier. He tired in the 15th and Ray Sadecki came on to get the last two outs, for his 1st save.

The Expos Mike Marshall pitched over 8 innings of relief earning the loss. In the 15th Jon Milner singled, and Ed Kranepool doubled. Milner scored on Don Hahns sac fly. Bud Harrelson was walked intentionally to get to McGraw. After a wild pitch Mcgraw singled to righ scoring Milner & Kranepool, the winning runs. Quite a night for Tugger.

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