April 12, 1977: Seaver Shuts Out Cardinals

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Date: April 12, 1977
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, John Milner, John Stearns
Key play: Milner's & Stearns' homers, Seaver's two-run single

The Mets played their first home game of the season on a Tuesday afternoon. Tom Seaver gladdened the Shea Stadium crowd with a five-hit shutout over the Cardinals. Tom helped his own cause with a two-run single in a 4-0 Mets' victory.

John Milner hit a home run off St. Louis starter Eric Rasmussen in the first inning. In the second, Ed Kranepool led off with a double and Roy Staiger walked before Rasmussen hit Bud Harrelson with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Seaver followed with a hit to left field that scored Kranepool and Staiger for a 3-0 Mets lead.

The Cardinals got a runner on base in every inning from the third to the seventh. Three singles, a double by Rasmussen and Felix Millan's error put Redbirds aboard, but none of them advanced. Seaver retired all other St. Louis hitters in the five-inning span, four of which were strikeouts. Meanwhile, John Stearns homered in the sixth to increase the Mets' lead to four runs.

Seaver set down the Cards in order in the eighth and ninth innings. The Mets had a solid win in their home opening game. For Tom, who was traded to the Reds the following June, this was his last Shea opener until his return to New York six years later.