Apr 22, 2017

Remembering Mets History (1973): Mets Score Season High 13 Runs

April 22nd, 1973: Yogi Berra's New York Mets (8-6) faced off against Gene Mauch's Montreal Expos (6-7) for a classic Sunday afternoon double header. A crowd of 27, 230 came out to Shea Stadium on this Easter Sunday.

In the first game. Mets Cy Young winner Tom Seaver went up against the Expos' John Strohmayer. Strohmayer would pitch for the Mets later in the season & again in 1974.

The Expos Ron Fairly, hit a lead off second inning HR and Strohmayer held down the Mets scoreless through the end of the 8th inning.

He was relieved by relief ace, Mike Marshall who allowed a leadoff 9th inning walk to Jim Fregosi, then threw a wild pitch advancing him to second. Jerry Grote sacrificed Fregosi to third & pinch hitter Ken Boswell came through with a base hit tying the game. 

Newly acquired Mets relief pitcher Phil Hennigan, had his own troubles in the 10th inning. He walked John Boccabella, then walked pinch hitter Boots Day, intentionally. After a force play, former Met infielder Tim Foli singled to right field which scored what was the winning run.


Starting Lineups


Jim McAndrew two RBIs
& Winning Pitcher
In the night cap, the Mets Jim McAndrew went up against former Met, Steve Renko. Renko was dealt to Montreal back in 1969, in the trade that brought Donn Clendenon to New York.

In the home 3rd inning, the Mets exploded with one of their biggest innings of the year. 

It began with a Felix Millan base hit & a walk to the Hammer; John Milner. Rusty Staub flew out to deep centerfield, advancing both runners.

Then Ed Kranepool singled, driving in both Millan & Milner. After another out, short time '73 Mets centerfielder Rich Chiles, doubled to score Ed Kranepool making it 3-0. Renko was then taken out of the game & relieved by Pat Jarvis.


Ed Kranepool drives in Four Runs
The Mets catcher Duffy Dyer was walked & then picked off of first base, but the first baseman (former Met) Mike Jorgensen dropped the ball. Pitcher Jim McAndrew then helped his own cause with a two run double of his own, making it 5-0.

After walks to Teddy Martinez & Felix Millan, John Milner (the 12th man to bat in the inning) then singled to left scoring McAndrew & Martinez. The Mets scored seven runs in the inning & sent 14 men to the plate.

The Mets then scored again in the 5th inning, as Teddy Martinez singled, Millan & Staub both walked. Then Ed Kranepool hit a two run double making it 10-0. Kranepool would have three hits on the day, a triple, a double & a single with four RBIs. 

In the 6th, McAndrew reached on an error & Martinez singled. Kenny Boswell then hit a base hit scoring McAndrew. Next up, reserve outfielder Jim Beauchamp singled scoring Boswell & Martinez making it 13-0.

The Mets went on to win the game 13-3, as McAndrew got the win & George Stone finished it off.

The 13 runs scored, would be the most runs the Mets would score all season long in a single game. They also had 16 hits on the day, and were within one & a half game of first place at that early point  in the season.

Every Met in the lineup that day had a hit, except Rusty Staub.

1973 Expos notes: The 1973 Montreal Expos were a decent ball club, managed by the legendary Gene Mauch, who managed for 27 years. The Phillies (1960-1968) Expos (1969-1975) Twins (1976-1980) & Angels (1981-1987). Mauch finished first twice but never got to a World Series.

The '73 Expos finished fourth at 79-83 just 3.5 games behind the New York Mets. The Expos top hitter was former Met Ken Singleton, who was traded along with Tim Foli & Mike Jorgensen in the Rusty Staub deal. Singleton, led the league in on base % (.425%) & hit .302 (8th in the NL) with 23 HRs & 103 RBIs (5th in the NL).

Former Met Ron Hunt led the league in hit by pitches for the sixth straight year & batted .309 (but did not qualify in the batting race with 401 at bats). Bob Bailey led the team in HRs (26) drove in 86 runs & hit .273. Former Dodger; Ron Fairly hit .298 with 17 HRs & Hal Breeden hit 15 HRs batting .275.

The pitching staff was led by Steve Renko (15-11) with a 2.81 ERA (7th in the NL) & 164 strike outs (10th in the NL). Long time Expo, Steve Rogers was in his rookie year going 10-5 with a 1.54 ERA. Rogers would pitch 13 years with the Expos going 158-152 with a 3.17 ERA in 399 games.

Also on the staff was Mike Torrez (9-12) & reliever Mike Marshall. Marshall was 14-11 with a league leading 31 saves.

Marshall would lead the league in appearances three straight years, including a record 106 appearances the next year in 1974 with the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1973 & 1974 he was leagues best closer leading the league in saves both years.

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