April 17, 1977: Seaver One-Hits Cubs

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Date: April 17, 1977
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bruce Boisclair, Dave Kingman
Key play: Boisclair’s double in 1st, Kingman’s homer in 3rd, Ontiveros’s single in 5th

The Mets and Cubs played the last of a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. Tom Seaver didn’t allow a Chicago runner past first base in pitching a one-hit shutout. Bruce Boisclair and Dave Kingman combined for five runs batted in as the Mets won easily, 6-0.

The Mets built a 3-0 lead after three innings. Lee Mazzilli singled to lead off the first and scored on Boisclair’s double off Cubs’ starter Bill Bonham. In the third, Mazzilli led off with a bunt single and Kingman blasted a two-run homer.

Seaver held the Chicago lineup in check with four hitless innings. He retired Jerry Morales to open the fifth before Steve Ontiveros hit a line drive to right field. Ed Kranepool made a dive for the ball, but couldn’t quite reach it. It was the Cubs’ only hit of the game.

Chicago’s sloppy defense led to three Met runs against reliever Jim Todd in the seventh. Roy Staiger and Bud Harrelson reached on errors to open the inning. After Seaver struck out, Staiger scored on an error of a ball hit by Mazzilli and Felix Millan reached on an error to load the bases. Boisclair then hit a single to score Harrelson and Mazzilli.

Seaver concluded the game with three groundouts in the ninth. The Mets had their fifth victory of the season, the third of which Tom was the winning pitcher. It was the fifth one-hitter in Tom’s career and the 12th in Mets’ history.