August 1, 1973: Seaver Fans 11 in Shutout

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Date: August 1, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub
Key play: Staub’s sacrifice fly in 1st

The Mets faced the Pirates in a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening at Shea Stadium. In the opener of the twinbill, Tom Seaver took the mound for the home team. Seaver struck out eleven batters and pitched a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Seaver struck out the side amid a double to Al Oliver in the top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Wayne Garrett drew a walk against Bucs’ starter Steve Blass. Garrett advanced to second base on Felix Millan’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Rusty Staub followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Garrett. Blass retired Cleon Jones on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Richie Zisk. With one out in the top of the second, Zisk doubled to left field. Seaver then fanned Milt May and Dal Maxvill to close out the inning.

John Milner drew a walk to open the bottom of the second. Ed Kranepool popped out to shortstop Maxvill and a ground out by Jerry Grote back to the mound moved Milner to second base. Blass issued consecutive walks to Bud Harrelson and Seaver to load the bases and followed with a walk to Garrett that forced home Milner. Millan was hit by a pitch to bring home Harrelson for the Mets’ third run of the game. Blass was then replaced by Pirates’ reliever Bob Johnson, who got Staub on a fly ball to left fielder Willie Stargell for the inning’s third out.

Seaver and Johnson each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the seventh. Tom recorded three more strikeouts and yielded a single to Maxvill while Johnson limited the Mets to three singles during the five-inning stretch. In the top of the eighth, Seaver struck out Maxvill and pinch-hitter Dave Cash in setting down the Bucs in order. Pittsburgh reliever John Lamb then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Dave Parker fouled out to third baseman Garrett to begin the top of the ninth inning. Seaver fanned Oliver for his eleventh strikeout and gave up a double to Stargell. Tom then got Richie Hebner to ground out to first baseman Kranepool and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the doubleheader.