August 16, 1969: Seaver and Taylor Blank Padres

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Date: August 16, 1969
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ron Taylor, Tommie Agee, Bobby Pfeil
Key play: Agee’s and Pfeil’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-minute game to open the twinbill. Tom Seaver and Ron Taylor combined for a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Seaver pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Bobby Pfeil hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Cleon Jones grounded out to shortstop Tommy Dean and a walk to Art Shamsky ensued. San Diego starter Tommie Sisk then retired Wayne Garrett on a ground ball to second baseman Jose Arcia to end the inning.

Nate Colbert was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the second. Al Ferrara drew a walk and Ivan Murrell followed with a ground ball on which Seaver threw to third baseman Pfeil for an out on pinch-runner Larry Stahl. With Ed Spiezio at bat, catcher Jerry Grote made a pickoff throw to second baseman Garrett for an out on Ferrara. On an ensuing steal attempt, Murrell was caught in a rundown and tagged by shortstop Bud Harrelson for the inning’s final out. Harrelson got a bunt single with two outs in the bottom half. With Seaver at the plate, Bud was caught by Sisk’s pickoff throw and tagged out by Arcia to end the inning.

Spiezio singled to lead off the top of the third. Seaver recorded outs on each of the next three batters and Pfeil hit a two-out single in the bottom half. Jones grounded back to Sisk for the third out of the inning and Seaver hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Sisk set down all three New York batters in the bottom half. Seaver then retired the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the fifth.

Harrelson hit a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bud advanced to second base on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Tommie Agee. With Pfeil at bat, Agee was caught stealing by catcher Chris Cannizzaro’s throw to Arcia for the inning’s final out. Seaver held the Padres to a single by Cannizzaro in the top of the sixth and Jones singled with one out in the bottom half. Shamsky grounded out to Arcia and a walk to Garrett followed. Sisk then retired Ed Kranepool on a fly ball to left fielder Ferrara to finish off the inning.

Seaver yielded only a double to Stahl in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, Grote singled and moved to second base on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt. Seaver lined out to Dean and an intentional walk to Agee ensued. Pfeil singled for his third hit of the game to bring home Grote with the Mets’ second run. San Diego reliever Frank Reberger got Jones to hit a force play grounder to Dean for the inning’s final out and Seaver gave up just a single to Arcia in the top of the eighth. For the Padres, relievers Dave Roberts and Jack Baldschun combined to pitch a scoreless bottom half.

To start the top of the ninth inning, Taylor got Ollie Brown to ground out to Harrelson. Stahl was called out on strikes. Ron then retired Ferrara on a fly ball to right fielder Rod Gaspar to end the game. The Mets had a four-hit shutout victory to begin the doubleheader.