April 29, 1976: Seaver Blanks Braves for Sweep
|Date: April 29, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman|
|Key play: Kingman’s single|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over Atlanta that completed a sweep of the series.
Seaver hurled four-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Meanwhile, Braves’ starter Phil Niekro yielded just a single to Felix Millan and three walks in the bottom halves. Tom set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Millan drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Del Unser hit a single and Ed Kranepool went down on strikes. Dave Kingman singled to drive home Millan for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wayne Garrett reached on second baseman Lee Lacy’s error that allowed Unser to score the second New York run. Jerry Grote drew a walk to load the bases. Niekro then retired Bud Harrelson on a line drive to third baseman Jerry Royster for the inning’s final out.
Seaver pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Niekro gave up only a single to Millan in the bottom half and Tom retired all three Atlanta batters in the top of the eighth. Braves’ reliever Roger Moret yielded just a single to Kranepool in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Ken Henderson was struck out to open the top of the ninth. Jim Wynn singled and Darrell Evans fouled out to third baseman Garrett. Seaver then fanned Dave May to end the game. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory on Tom’s shutout.