April 23, 1975: Six Runs in 5th Defeat Cardinals
|Date: April 23, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Rusty Staub, Felix Millan, Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Millan's two-run double, Staub's grand slam|
The Mets and Cardinals played on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. It was a quick-moving game that lasted only one hour and fifty minutes. A six-run fifth inning for the Mets led to a 7-1 win over St. Louis.
Tom Seaver and the Cards' Bob Gibson started the game with two scoreless innings. In the top of the third, Ted Sizemore's two-out single scored Ed Brinkman to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Gibson shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and neither team scored in the fourth.
Seaver retired the Cardinals in order in the top of the fifth inning. The Mets loaded the bases with one out against Gibson in the bottom half. Felix Millan doubled to score Jack Heidemann and Jerry Grote, putting the Mets ahead by a 2-1 score. Del Unser was given an intentional walk and Rusty Staub followed with a grand slam. The Cards then put two runners on base against Seaver in the top of the sixth, but failed to score.
Seaver retired St. Louis in order in the top of the seventh inning. Cardinals' reliever Al Hrabosky gave up a solo homer to Unser in the bottom half. Seaver then shut down the Cards in the eighth, getting Sizemore to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning.
Tom pitched a perfect top of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of a six-run inning. The triumph was the fourth in a row for the Mets, raising their won-lost record to 6-6 on the season.