August 13, 1983: Seaver's Final Shea Win

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Date: August 13, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Bordi's errors in 6th, Strawberry's triple in 8th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 37,407 was on hand as Tom Seaver took the mound for the home team. Seaver struck out eight batters and recorded a win at Shea for the last time in his career. The Mets defeated Chicago by a 5-1 score.

Seaver held the Cubs without a run in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Mookie Wilson led off with a single and stole second base. Wilson came home on Hubie Brooks' ensuing single to put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Keith Hernandez also singled, but Brooks was thrown out at third by Chicago center fielder Mel Hall. After taking second base on Hall's throw, Keith moved to third on George Foster's ground out.

With Darryl Strawberry at bat, Mets' third base coach Bobby Valentine was called for coach's interference. Home plate umpire Bruce Froemming ruled that Valentine had come outside the coaching lines in an effort to force Cubs' pitcher Rich Bordi into a balk. Froemming made an out call on Hernandez to end the inning. Angry about the ruling, Valentine argued intensely and was ejected from the game.

Seaver and Bordi each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Tom allowed a two-out hit in each of the three innings, but no runs to the Cubs. Bordi retired the Mets in order in the second and ended the third with a double play on which he struck out Hernandez with the bases loaded and tagged out Seaver at the plate when Tom tried to score after the last pitch to Keith got past catcher Jody Davis. Bordi followed up by pitching a scoreless bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, the Cubs tied the game on a two-out double by Keith Moreland that scored Ryne Sandberg. Bordi then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After Seaver set down Chicago in order in the top of the inning, Wilson led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Mookie stole second base and Bordi fanned Brooks. Hernandez hit an infield grounder that was misplayed by Bordi, who then made an errant throw that allowed Wilson to score and Keith to advance to third base. Foster drew a walk and Craig Lefferts came in to pitch for Chicago. Lefferts retired Strawberry and Bob Bailor to prevent further scoring.

The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs against Seaver in the top of the seventh inning. Jesse Orosco came in to relieve and got Bill Buckner on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to end the inning. For Chicago, Bill Campbell pitched a scoreless bottom half of the seventh. Orosco then held the Cubs scoreless in the top of the eighth.

Brooks and Hernandez got back-to-back singles off Campbell to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Foster fouled out to first baseman Buckner and Strawberry came up to bat. Darryl hit a triple to right field to bring home Brooks and Hernandez for a 4-1 Mets lead. Batting against reliever Warren Brusstar, Orosco followed with a sacrifice fly to score Strawberry. Brusstar then struck out Jose Oquendo to end the inning.

Orosco set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Jesse earned his twelfth save of the year. The win for Seaver became significant with it being his final one ever at Shea.