REDS TAKE GAME 1 ON BENCH’S HR
“They beat us badly during the season. But we were hurt every time, and they haven’t played us since we got healthy. If I’m an oddsmaker, I got to favor them. But on the field, I favor us.” – Rusty Staub
Tom Seaver strikes out 13 Cincinnati Reds in a 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 1973 National League Championship Series at Riverfront Stadium.
The deciding run came with out out in the bottom of the ninth when Johnny Bench delivered a walk-off home run off Seaver.
After Game 1 Mets manager Yogi Berra told the media:
“That’s only one game. What the hell, we still got to lose two more. They didn’t get so many hits or runs, either. We lost the first game in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, but then we came back and beat them four straight. And last Sunday, we lost the first game of the double‐header in Chicago, 1.0, but we bounced back and won the second game.”