April 25, 1967: Seaver Wins in 10 Innings

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Date: April 25, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Al Luplow, Jerry Grote
Key play: Grote’s single in 6th, Luplow’s single in 10th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the opener of a series at Wrigley Field. Tom Seaver pitched the first complete game of his career as the Mets emerged with a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

Seaver and Cubs’ starter Ken Holtzman each pitched scoreless and hitless ball through the first three innings of the game. In the top of the fourth, Tommy Davis got a one-out single and Ron Swoboda hit into a force play. Jerry Grote grounded out to third baseman Ron Santo to end the inning. Seaver gave up singles to Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams to begin the bottom half. Tom struck out Santo and got Lee Thomas to hit a ground ball to second baseman Bart Shirley for an inning-ending double play. Seaver drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth and advanced to third base on a single by Cleon Jones. Holtzman retired Tommie Reynolds on a foul pop-up to first baseman Clarence Jones for the third out. Seaver then shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning.

Swoboda singled and moved to second on Santo’s error with two outs in the top of the sixth. Grote followed with a single to center field that scored Swoboda. Shirley grounded out to Clarence Jones to end the inning and Seaver pitched a perfect bottom half. Holtzman set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Tom responded with a scoreless bottom of the inning. The Mets were retired in order by Holtzman again in the top of the eighth. Tom then set down all three Chicago batters in the bottom half.

Cubs’ reliever Bill Hands pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Don Kessinger drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Beckert’s sacrifice bunt in the bottom half. Williams hit a ground ball back to Seaver for the second out of the inning. Santo reached on shortstop Bud Harrelson’s error that allowed Kessinger to score the tying run. Seaver then got Thomas on a fly ball to left fielder Reynolds for the final out of the inning.

Seaver opened the top of the 10th with a single to right field. Tom advanced to second on Cleon Jones’ sacrifice bunt and to third on Hands’ wild pitch. Reynolds went down on strikes and Ken Boyer was given an intentional walk. Al Luplow hit a single off Chicago’s Bob Hendley to bring home Seaver and put the Mets back in front. Hendley then struck out Sandy Alomar to end the inning.

Clarence Jones grounded out to second baseman Alomar to start the bottom of the 10th. Randy Hundley was retired on a grounder to third baseman Boyer. Seaver then got Adolfo Phillips on a pop-up to Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory as “Tom Terrific” recorded his first major league complete game.