April 26, 1974: Seaver Shuts Out Giants
|Date: April 26, 1974|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Miller's error in 1st, Mets' three-run 3rd|
The Mets and Giants began a four-game series on a Friday night in San Francisco. After losing 11 of their first 15 games, the Mets looked to get back on the winning track. Tom Seaver pitched a four-hit shutout and drove in two runs as the Mets came away with a 6-0 victory.
The Mets got two runs without a hit against Giants' starter Ron Bryant in the first inning. Felix Millan reached on an error and Bryant walked Cleon Jones. With two out, San Francisco second baseman Bruce Miller erred on a ball hit by John Milner that allowed Millan and Jones to score. Seaver then retired the Giants on one hit in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless second, the Mets loaded the bases with none out in the top of the third. Bryant walked Jerry Grote to force home Rusty Staub and struck out Wayne Garrett. A sacrifice fly by Don Hahn against reliever Jim Barr scored Jones from third base. Seaver then singled to bring home Milner for a 5-0 Met lead. Tom followed up by setting down San Francisco in order in the bottom half.
From the fourth inning to the sixth, Seaver and Barr pitched scoreless ball. Giants' reliever Jim Willoughby shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh, despite leadoff singles by Staub and Jones. Seaver then pitched his third straight perfect inning in the bottom of the seventh.
In the eighth, Seaver singled to score Garrett for the Mets' sixth run of the game. Tom retired San Francisco in order again in the bottom half. Willoughby then held the Mets scoreless in the top of the ninth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gary Matthews doubled to end Seaver's string of 16 consecutive batters retired. Tom recorded outs on the next two Giants hitters to end the game. The Mets had a win on Seaver's shutout to start the weekend series at Candlestick Park.