April 17, 1970: Seaver and Harrelson Lead Mets Over Phillies

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Date: April 17, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bud Harrelson, Tommie Agee
Key play: Harrelson’s homer and triple, Agee’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game weekend series. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout and Bud Harrelson homered to lead the Mets to a 6-0 win over Philadelphia.

Seaver retired three straight Phils batters after a leadoff double by Denny Doyle in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Harrelson hit the second home run of his career to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Phillies’ starter Grant Jackson followed up with strikeouts of Joe Foy and Cleon Jones to end the inning and Tim McCarver singled to lead off the top of the second. An ensuing single by Larry Hisle advanced McCarver to third base and Ron Stone popped out to catcher Jerry Grote. Seaver fanned Larry Bowa and Jackson to finish off the inning. The Mets were then retired in order by Jackson in the bottom half.

Seaver shut down the Phils in the top of the third. Al Weis reached on an error by second baseman Doyle to begin the bottom of the inning. Weis moved to second on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double by Tommie Agee. Harrelson followed with a triple to score Agee and came home on a double by Foy to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. With Jones at bat against Philadelphia reliever Lowell Palmer, Foy stole second. Jones went down on strikes and Donn Clendenon drew a walk. Palmer then got Ron Swoboda on a ground ball to shortstop Bowa that ended the inning.

McCarver singled to open the top of the fourth. Hisle was struck out and consecutive singles by Stone and Bowa loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Sam Parrilla was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Clendenon. Seaver struck out Doyle to end the inning. Phillies’ reliever Bill Wilson set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Don Money hit a single to lead off the top of the fifth. Seaver then recorded outs on each of the next three Philadelphia batters to finish off the inning.

Agee drew a walk to begin the bottom of the fifth. An error by Wilson of Harrelson’s bunt sent Agee to third base. Foy fouled out to third baseman Money and an ensuing sacrifice fly by Jones brought home Agee. Clendenon singled to score Harrelson from first base with the Mets’ sixth run and advanced to second base on a throw. Wilson then walked Swoboda and got Grote on an inning-ending foul pop-up to Money.

After pitching a perfect top of the sixth inning, Seaver got a one-out single in the bottom half. Agee hit a force play grounder to Bowa and was caught stealing on a throw by catcher McCarver to Bowa to close out the inning. Seaver set down the Phils in order on three outfield fly balls in the top of the seventh. Philadelphia’s Dick Selma retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Tom set down three straight Phillies hitters after a leadoff single by Johnny Briggs in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Grote doubled to left field. Weis drew a walk as Grote moved to third on a wild pitch. Selma then retired Seaver on a line drive to Doyle to end the inning.

Seaver started the top of the ninth by retiring Stone and Bowa on consecutive ground balls back to the mound. Tom followed up by getting pinch-hitter Terry Harmon to fly out to right fielder Swoboda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-opening victory on Seaver’s complete game shutout that was highlighted by a rare home run by Harrelson.

Notes

  • Harrelson’s home run was the first he ever hit out of the park. His only previous homer was an inside-the-parker at Pittsburgh on August 17, 1967. Bud’s homer was also his only one ever at Shea Stadium.