April 20, 1983: Seaver Shuts Out Bucs on Three Hits

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Date: April 20, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Brian Giles, Dave Kingman
Key play: Giles’ double, Seaver’s triple, Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Pirates in a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-two minute opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Tom Seaver pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Following a scoreless top of the first inning, Seaver hurled a perfect top of the second. Ron Hodges reached on an error by Bucs’ starter Larry McWilliams with one out in the bottom half. Hodges moved to second base on McWilliams’ errant pickoff throw and scored on a double by Brian Giles. Seaver followed with a triple that brought home Giles. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Mookie Wilson plated Seaver for a 3-0 Mets lead. McWilliams then retired Bob Bailor on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Johnny Ray.

Seaver held the Pirates to a single by Lee Lacy in a scoreless top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, George Foster and Mark Bradley drew back-to-back walks. Hubie Brooks was called out on strikes and Hodges singled to drive home Foster. Giles hit a line drive to Ray to close out the inning. Seaver and McWilliams then pitched a scoreless fourth.

Singles by Tony Pena and Lacy were the Bucs’ only hits against Seaver in scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Pittsburgh reliever Manny Sarmiento responded by shutting down the Mets in the bottom halves. Mike Easler drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Ray went down on strikes as Easler was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Hodges to shortstop Bailor for a double play. Pena reached on an error by third baseman Brooks and a walk to Dale Berra ensued. Seaver then struck out pinch-hitter Richie Hebner to end the inning.

Bailor singled against Pirates’ reliever Jim Winn to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Dave Kingman homered to extend the Mets’ lead to six runs. Winn set down the next three New York batters on infield grounders and Seaver retired the Bucs 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Seaver drew a walk and Wilson got an infield single. Winn then got Bailor on a force play ground ball to shortstop Berra for the third out.

Jason Thompson popped out to second baseman Giles to start the top of the ninth. Easler took a called third strike. Seaver then retired Ray on a grounder to Bailor to end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a shutout victory.

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