August 13, 1967: Tom Seaver's First Shutout
|Date: August 13, 1967|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Ed Charles|
|Key play: Kranepool's single, Charles' double|
The Mets and Pirates faced each other in a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. In the opener, Tom Seaver took the mound against Pittsburgh's Steve Blass in front of 34,122 fans. Seaver pitched a four-hitter and recorded his first career shutout as the Mets defeated the Bucs, 3-0.
Seaver and Blass each pitched scoreless ball over the first seven innings of the game. Tom recorded three strikeouts and two double play grounders and held the Pirates without a hit from the second to the sixth. Blass escaped a bases-loaded situation in the first and faced the minimum three batters four times from the third to the seventh. Seaver then retired Pitsburgh 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.
Blass got Bud Harrelson and Bob Johnson on ground balls back to the mound to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Tommy Davis followed with a single and Ron Swoboda bunted for another single. Ed Kranepool singled to right field, scoring Davis to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. An ensuing double by Ed Charles brought home Swoboda and Kranepool for two more Met runs. Cleon Jones was walked intentionally and Pirates' reliever Al McBean retired Jerry Grote for the final out of the inning.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Seaver walked Matty Alou and yielded a single to Roberto Clemente. He got Willie Stargell to pop up to shortstop Harrelson for the second out of the inning. Tom then got Bill Mazeroski on a line drive to left fielder Tommie Reynolds to end the game. The Mets had a win in the first game of the twinbill on Seaver's first shutout.