April 24, 1976: Seaver Three-Hits Astros
|Date: April 24, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, John Milner, Bruce Boisclair|
|Key play: Milner’s double, Seaver’s single|
The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday night in Houston. The teams played the second of three games in a series at the Astrodome. Tom Seaver pitched a three-hitter in a 7-1 Mets win.
Bruce Boisclair singled against Astros’ starter Larry Dierker to lead off the top of the first inning. Felix Millan hit a single and advanced to third base on John Milner’s double that scored Boisclair. Ed Kranepool reached on catcher Cliff Johnson’s error that allowed Millan to come home and Dave Kingman flied out to left fielder Jose Cruz. Wayne Garrett was retired on a line drive to right fielder Greg Gross, who then threw to shortstop Roger Metzger for an out on Milner at second and an inning-ending double play.
Larry Milbourne drew a walk against Seaver to open the bottom of the first. Milbourne stole second base and Enos Cabell grounded out to Seaver. Cesar Cedeno hit a single to drive home Milbourne and reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. On his own hit, Cedeno got caught by third baseman Garrett’s relay throw and was tagged out by second baseman Millan. Seaver then struck out Bob Watson to finish off the inning.
After scoreless second and third innings, Garrett drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Jerry Grote reached on second baseman Milbourne’s error and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Bud Harrelson singled to score Garrett for a 3-1 Mets lead. With Seaver at bat, Grote got caught between bases and was tagged out by Johnson. Dierker fanned both Seaver and Boisclair to close out the inning. Tom then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Dierker surrendered only a walk to Milner in the top of the fifth. Gross drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Metzger reached on shortstop Harrelson’s error and Dierker fouled out to catcher Grote to end the inning. Dierker hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Seaver held the Astros to a walk to Milbourne in the bottom half and Millan singled with one out in the top of the seventh. Milner hit a single and Kranepool grounded to Milbourne for an inning-ending double play. Gross got a two-out single in the bottom half. Seaver then retired Metzger on a ground ball to Millan for the inning’s final out.
Kingman drew a walk against Dierker to begin the top of the eighth. Garrett singled and a sacrifice bunt by Grote advanced the runners to second and third base. Harrelson walked to load the bases and Seaver singled to drive home Kingman and Garrett. Boisclair hit a single against Houston reliever Larry Hardy to score Harrelson and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Millan drew a walk to reload the bases and Del Unser singled to plate Seaver with the seventh New York run of the game. Trying to score on the play, Boisclair was out at home via a throw by Gross to Johnson. Hardy retired Kranepool on a foul pop-up to Johnson for the third out of the inning. Seaver then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Astros’ reliever Mike Barlow pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Johnson flied out to right fielder Kingman to open the bottom of the inning. Cruz drew a walk and Gross hit a single. Metzger followed with a force play ground ball to Millan. Seaver then got pinch-hitter Leon Roberts on a fly ball to center fielder Unser to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory on Tom’s three-hitter.