April 21, 1972: Seaver Hurls Four-Hit Shutout

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Date: April 21, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bud Harrelson, Ken Boswell
Key play: Harrelson’s and Boswell’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a game that lasted exactly two hours. Tom Seaver hurled a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over Chicago.

Seaver yielded only a single to Billy Williams in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson doubled against Cubs’ starter Burt Hooton to lead off the bottom half. Ken Boswell drew a walk and Tommie Agee’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Rusty Staub was walked intentionally to load the bases and Cleon Jones was called out on strikes. Hooton then retired Jim Fregosi on a ground ball to shortstop Don Kessinger for the third out.

Both Seaver and Hooton pitched perfect ball from the second inning to the fourth. Tom gave up just a single to Jose Cardenal in the top of the fifth and Ed Kranepool singled to begin the bottom half. Kranepool moved to second base on Jerry Grote’s sacrifice bunt and Seaver was struck out. Bud Harrelson hit a single to score Kranepool and went to second on a throw. Boswell singled to bring home Harrelson with the Mets’ second run. Agee then grounded back to Hooton for the final out of the inning.

Seaver held the Cubs to a single by Bill North in the top of the sixth. Fregosi hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Kranepool was given an intentional walk and Grote grounded out to third baseman Ron Santo to end the inning. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Santo walked and advanced to third base as Cardenal reached on an error by third baseman Fregosi. Seaver got Randy Hundley to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson that closed out the inning. Hooton then limited the Mets to a single by Harrelson in the bottom half.

Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Chicago reliever Dan McGinn gave up just a single to Fregosi in the bottom of the inning. Glenn Beckert grounded out to Harrelson to begin the top of the ninth. Williams singled for the Cubs’ fourth hit and Joe Pepitone grounded out to first baseman Kranepool. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Santo for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.