August 15, 1973: Grote Slams, Seaver Shuts Out Padres

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Date: August 15, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Garrett’s homer in 1st, Grote’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night in San Diego. The teams played a two-hour and seven-minute game to conclude a three-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a two-hitter and Jerry Grote hit a grand slam in a 7-0 Mets win.

Wayne Garrett began the top of the first inning with a home run off Padres’ starter Steve Arlin. With one out, Rusty Staub reached on an error by shortstop Derrel Thomas. John Milner followed with a single to right field. Cleon Jones hit a ground ball to Thomas for an inning-ending double play. Seaver then retired all three San Diego batters in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second inning, Seaver hit a triple to lead off the top of the third. Garrett struck out and Felix Millan hit a grounder on which Thomas threw to catcher Fred Kendall for an out at home on Seaver. Arlin retired Staub on a ground ball to second baseman Rich Morales for the third out. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

Milner walked and went to second on Jones’ single to begin the top of the fourth. Boswell reached on an error by first baseman Nate Colbert to load the bases. Arlin walked Don Hahn to force home Milner with the Mets’ second run. Grote followed with a grand slam to increase the New York lead to 6-0. Seaver grounded out to Thomas and a walk to Garrett ensued. San Diego reliever Vicente Romo came in to pitch and got Millan on a line drive to Colbert for an unassisted double play. Seaver then set down the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

Jones homered with two outs in the top of the fifth. Boswell singled to center field and Romo retired Hahn on a foul pop-up to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Thomas singled for the Padres’ first hit of the game. Seaver fanned Dwain Anderson for the third out. Romo shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Jerry Morales got a one-out single and moved to second on catcher Grote’s passed ball. Johnny Grubb walked and an error by Seaver advanced the runners to second and third. Tom then struck out Dave Roberts and retired Colbert on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Staub.

San Diego’s Gary Ross pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Seaver set down the Padres in order in the bottom of the inning. Ross held the Mets to a single by Hahn in a scoreless top of the eighth. Seaver retired all three hitters in the bottom half. Padres’ reliever Frank Snook then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning.

Seaver threw a called third strike past Grubb to begin the bottom of the ninth. Roberts followed with a fly ball to Staub for the second out. Colbert then hit a pop-up to shortstop Garrett to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Seaver’s two-hit shutout.


  • Grote’s grand slam was his only home run of the season