April 8, 1975: Torre's Single Wins Opener
|Date: April 8, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Joe Torre|
|Key play: Kingman's homer, Torre's single|
The Mets began the season on a Tuesday afternoon against the Phillies. The Shea Stadium crowd witnessed a pitchers' duel between Tom Seaver and the Phils' Steve Carlton. The end result was a 2-1 Mets win on a single by Joe Torre in the ninth inning.
After two scoreless innings, Seaver walked Bob Boone to start the top of the third. With one out, Carlton sacrificed Boone to second base and Dave Cash followed with a single to score Boone. In the bottom of the fourth, Dave Kingman hit a home run in his Mets debut to tie the game, 1-1.
Seaver and Carlton pitched shutout ball from the fifth inning to the eighth. In the ninth, Greg Luzinski hit a one-out double for the Phils. Seaver then struck out Mike Schmidt and got pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone to ground out to second baseman Felix Millan to end the inning.
Millan started the bottom of the ninth with a single off Carlton. John Milner followed with a walk and Joe Torre came up to the plate. Just acquired the previous winter, Torre became a New York hero with a single to left field to score Millan with the winning run. The Mets had an Opening Day victory on standout pitching from Seaver and run-scoring hits from its two newest members.