April 20, 1968: Swoboda's Homer Leads Mets Past Dodgers
|Date: April 20, 1968|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ron Swoboda|
|Key play: Swoboda’s home run|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. Ron Swoboda hit a home run for all the Mets’ scoring in a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.
Tom Seaver and the Dodgers’ Bill Singer each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Seaver retired all three batters in the top of the sixth and Bud Harrelson singled to lead off the bottom half. Harrelson moved to second base on Al Weis’s sacrifice bunt and Cleon Jones went down on strikes. Art Shamsky drew a walk and Swoboda homered for a 3-0 Mets lead. Singer then struck out Tommie Agee to end the inning.
Seaver pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Singer struck out the side in order in the bottom half and Rocky Colavito singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Len Gabrielson flied out to left fielder Jones and a double by pinch-hitter Jim Fairey ensued. Wes Parker drew a walk to load the bases and Zoilo Versalles doubled to drive home Colavito and Fairey. Seaver retired Willie Davis on a foul fly ball to Jones that closed out the inning. Los Angeles reliever Phil Regan then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Seaver got Ron Fairly to fly out to right fielder Swoboda to begin the top of the ninth. Jim Lefebvre flied out to center fielder Agee and a single by Tom Haller followed. Colavito doubled to send pinch-runner Cleo James to third base. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella then retired Paul Popovich on a ground ball to second baseman Weis for the game’s final out. The Mets had held on for a victory.