April 22, 1970: Seaver Strikes Out 10 in a Row

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Date: April 22, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver
Key play: Boswell's double, Harrelson's triple, Seaver's strikeouts

On a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium the Mets faced the Padres. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game for a 2-1 Mets victory. More impressively, Tom struck out the last 10 San Diego hitters for a total of 19 in the game.

Seaver retired the Padres in order in the first inning. In the bottom half, Ken Boswell hit a double off Padres' starter Mike Corkins that scored Bud Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. San Diego tied it in the second on a home run by Al Ferrara, but Harrelson's third inning triple scored Tommie Agee from first base to put the Mets back in front.

In the fourth, Seaver walked Ferrara and gave up a single to Dave Campbell. Tom then struck out Jerry Morales to end the inning. It was Seaver's seventh strikeout of the game and the beginning of a string of 16 straight Padre batters retired by Tom.

Seaver got Ferrara on a called third strike (his tenth of the game) to end the sixth inning. In the seventh, he struck out the side in order by getting Nate Colbert swinging, then Campbell and Morales looking. Tom repeated the feat in the eighth, striking out all three San Diego hitters.

Just like the previous two innings, the Padres' bats made no contact in the ninth. Seaver got a third strike on the first two hitters. Ferrara then stepped up to the plate and Tom put three strikes past him, too. Seaver had his third win of the season in record fashion, tying the mark for strikeouts in a nine-inning game with 19 and establishing a new one with 10 in a row.