August 16, 1971: Seaver Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: August 16, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ken Boswell, Don Hahn
Key play: Boswell’s two-run single, Hahn’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game shutout as the Mets rolled to a 6-0 win.

Seaver and the Dodgers’ Doyle Alexander each pitched five scoreless innings to start the game. Wayne Garrett singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Ensuing singles by Cleon Jones and Ed Kranepool load the bases. Ken Boswell hit another single against Alexander to drive home Garrett and Jones with Kranepool advancing to third base. Los Angeles reliever Jose Pena retired Ken Singleton on a ground ball to second baseman Jim Lefebvre that scored Kranepool and sent Boswell to second. Jerry Grote popped out to first baseman Wes Parker. A single by Don Hahn brought home Boswell for a 4-0 Mets lead. With Seaver at bat, Hahn was caught on a pickoff throw by catcher Tom Haller to Parker that ended the inning. Seaver then shut down the Dodgers in the bottom half.

Pena struck out the side in a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Seaver held the Dodgers without a run in the bottom of the inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, Boswell singled and Singleton drew a walk. Grote followed with a single that scored Boswell and sent Singleton to third base. Hahn hit a sacrifice fly to plate Singleton with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Seaver singled and Pena was replaced on the mound by Hoyt Wilhelm, who retired Bud Harrelson on an inning-ending line drive to Parker. The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Willie Crawford for the third out of the inning.

Wilhelm pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Seaver fanned Lefebvre to begin the bottom half. Parker singled and pinch-hitter Bill Sudakis was called out on strikes. Duke Sims singled to right field. Seaver then struck out Bobby Valentine to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout to start the series.