April 26, 1972: Fregosi and Agee Slug Padres
|Date: April 26, 1972|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Jim Fregosi, Tommie Agee, Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Fregosi's & Agee's home runs|
The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Wednesday night in San Diego. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game seven-hitter while striking out six batters. Home runs by Jim Fregosi and Tommie Agee provided all the scoring for the Mets as they came away with a 5-1 win.
Seaver and Padres' starter Bill Greif each started the game with five scoreless innings. Tom allowed two hits and retired 11 consecutive San Diego hitters while Greif shut down the Mets on three hits. In the fifth, the Mets had two runners on base with two out when Greif got Ken Boswell to line out to first baseman Nate Colbert for the final out of the inning.
Agee led off the top of the sixth inning with a single and went to second base on an error by left fielder Leron Lee. With one out, John Milner singled to advance Tommie to third base. Fregosi followed with a home run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Greif then gave up a single to Ed Kranepool and hit Jerry Grote with a pitch before reliever Gary Ross completed the inning for San Diego.
Seaver retired the Padres in order in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Bud Harrelson led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch by San Diego's Mike Corkins. After retiring Boswell, Corkins yielded a home run to Agee for two more Met runs. The Padres scored a run in the bottom half on Bob Barton's single that brought home Lee from third.
In the eighth and ninth innings, Seaver shut down San Diego to end the game. The Mets had their fifth consecutive victory on Tom's complete game. The slugging of Fregosi and Agee produced the runs needed.