August 25, 1975: Webb Hurls Five-Hit Shutout

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Date: August 25, 1975
Mets starter: Hank Webb
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Hank Webb
Key player(s): Hank Webb, Jerry Grote, Mike Vail, Rusty Staub
Key play: Grote’s triple, Vail’s RBI single, Staub’s double

The Mets faced the Padres on a Monday night in San Diego. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Hank Webb pitched a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Brent Strom yielded only a double to Mike Vail in the top of the first inning. Webb set down the side in order in the bottom half and Dave Kingman hit a double to lead off the top of the second. Joe Torre went down on strikes and Jerry Grote tripled to drive home Kingman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Jack Heidemann was struck out and Strom retired Webb on a ground ball to second baseman Tito Fuentes to end the inning. Hank then gave up just a single to Willie McCovey in the bottom half.

Felix Millan singled with one out in the top of the third. Vail hit a single and Rusty Staub was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman McCovey. Kingman popped out to shortstop Hector Torres to finish off the inning and Webb held the Padres to a single by Bob Davis in the bottom half. Strom set down all three batters in the top of the fourth. Webb retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Gene Clines got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Clines advanced to second base on Millan’s ground out to Fuentes and scored the Mets’ second run on a single by Vail. Strom retired Staub on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Bobby Tolan. Webb then set down all three San Diego hitters in the bottom half.

Strom and Padres’ reliever Joe McIntosh combined for a scoreless top of the sixth. Webb hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Vail doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Staub was given an intentional walk and Kingman flied out to Tolan to end the inning. Webb retired the side in order in the bottom half and McIntosh yielded just a single to Grote in the top of the eighth. Dave Roberts got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Johnny Grubb lined out to center fielder Clines and a single by Fred Kendall ensued. Webb then got Tolan on a ground ball to first baseman Kingman to close out the inning.

Clines singled against San Diego reliever Dave Tomlin to begin the top of the ninth. Millan’s sacrifice bunt moved Clines to second base and Vail was walked intentionally. Staub hit a double that brought home Clines and Vail, increasing the Mets’ lead to four runs. Kingman followed with a grounder on which Staub got caught between bases and was tagged out by Torres. With Torre at bat, Kingman stole second. Tomlin then struck out Torre to end the inning.

Fuentes flied out to Clines to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Gene Locklear singled for the Padres’ fifth hit and McCovey was retired on a fly ball to Clines. Webb then got Dave Winfield to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Heidemann for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Hank’s shutout to start the series.