April 5, 1983: Seaver's Return

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Date: April 5, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Mike Howard, Doug Sisk
Key play: Howard’s single in 7th

The new baseball season opened on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Tom Seaver took the mound for the Mets after five and one-half seasons away from New York. Seaver pitched six shutout innings in his return, but it was reliever Doug Sisk who got credit for the win in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Phillies.

Seaver struck out Pete Rose to start the game. He went on to hold the Phillies to five hits in his six innings, retiring eleven consecutive batters in the process. Tom’s efforts were matched by Steve Carlton’s two-hit shutout ball for the Phils, keeping the game scoreless.

Sisk came in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning for the Mets. In the bottom of the inning, Dave Kingman, George Foster and Hubie Brooks all singled off Carlton to load the bases. Mike Howard followed with another single, scoring Kingman with the first run of the game. Foster then came home on Brian Giles’ sacrifice fly to make it a two-run lead for New York.

In the final two innings, Sisk held the Phillies to two hits in finishing off the combined shutout with Seaver. Doug retired Rose, Mike Schmidt, and Tony Perez in the ninth to end it. The Mets’ season got started with a win, courtesy of great pitching from a returning fan favorite and young reliever.

Notes

  • This was the Mets’ 9th consecutive win of a season-opening game.