Remembering Mets History (1973) Cleon Jones Hits Two HRs & Drives in Five Runs as Mets Get Within 1.5 Games of First Place
Tonight, the Mets sent George Stone (11-3) to the mound, Stone was on a personal seven game win streak going back to July 8th. He was a pleasant surprise for the 1973 NL Champs going 12-3 with a save & a 2.80 ERA. The Pirates had veteran Nelson Briles (13-12) start the game.
Trivia: Briles an accomplished singer would sing the National Anthem at Game #4 of the World Series at Dhea Stadium a month later.
the season, tying up the game.
George Stone would pitch six innings allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out just one while not issuing a walk. Tug McGraw came on for his sixth appearance in eight days.
In the bottom of the 8th, with the Mets facing Dave Giusti, Rusty Staub collected a single & John Milner drew a walk. Cleon Jones then hit his second HR of the game, a three-run shot giving the Mets a 7-3 lead that would hold.
The HRs was Cleon's second of the night as he drove in season high five runs. The HRs were his first since August 15th, in a year where injuries kept nagging him, he was finally healthy. He would hit six HRs in the Mets final ten games of the regular season.
The win put the Mets (75-77) at 1.5 games behind the Pirates in the NL East with two more games to play head-to-head. Strangely the Mets were tied with the Cardinals & had the Montreal Expos a half game ahead of them in the crowded NL East.