April 30, 1977: Seaver Six-Hits Padres

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Date: April 30, 1977
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Roy Staiger, Bud Harrelson, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Tom Seaver pitched a six-hit complete game in a 4-1 Mets win.

Seaver and Padres’ starter Randy Jones each hurled scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. John Stearns and Roy Staiger got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fifth. Bud Harrelson singled to drive home Stearns with the first run of the game. Seaver lined out to right fielder Dave Winfield and a single by Lee Mazzilli plated Staiger. Felix Millan hit a single that scored Harrelson and extended the Mets’ lead to 3-0. John Milner grounded back to Jones for the inning’s third out. Seaver then yielded only a double to Gene Tenace in the bottom half.

Stearns hit a double with two outs in the top of the sixth. Staiger singled to bring home Stearns with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Jones retired Harrelson on a ground ball to third baseman Mike Ivie to end the inning and Gene Richards got a one-out single in the bottom half. Seaver threw a called third strike past Bill Almon and retired Jerry Turner on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Dave Kingman. San Diego reliever Dave Tomlin gave up just a single to Seaver in the top of the seventh. Tom then held the Padres to a double by Tenace in the bottom half.

Tomlin shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Seaver yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Merv Rettenmund in the bottom of the inning. San Diego’s Rollie Fingers pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and Turner singled to open the bottom half. Winfield grounded out to third baseman Staiger and a strikeout of Tenace ensued. George Hendrick doubled to score Turner for the Padres’ first run. Seaver then got Ivie to ground out to Staiger and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s six-hitter.