August 27, 1975: Seaver Blanks Padres for Sweep
|Date: August 27, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Del Unser, Rusty Staub|
|Key play: Kingman’s and Staub’s homers, Unser’s triple|
Padres’ starter Dan Spillner hurled a perfect top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Bobby Tolan singled and advanced to third base on a single by Willie McCovey. Seaver fanned Dave Winfield for the third out and Dave Kingman hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the second. Spillner retired both Wayne Garrett and Jerry Grote on fly balls to center fielder Johnny Grubb to close out the inning and Dave Roberts got a one-out single in the bottom half. Seaver then got Bob Davis to hit a grounder to shortstop Mike Phillips for an inning-ending double play.
Seaver drew a walk with one out in the top of the third. Del Unser grounded out to first baseman McCovey and a double by Felix Millan brought home Seaver. Mike Vail flied out to right fielder Winfield to end the inning and Seaver gave up just a single to Grubb in the bottom half. Garrett hit a two-out single in the top of the fourth. Grote doubled to score Garrett and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Phillips was walked intentionally and Spillner threw a called third strike past Seaver for the inning’s final out. Tom then set down the Padres in order in the bottom half.
Spillner yielded only a double to Vail in the top of the fifth. Seaver struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the inning and San Diego reliever Jerry Johnson shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Tom set down all three Padres batters on infield ground balls in the bottom half and Millan hit a double with one out in the top of the seventh. Vail flied out to Winfield and an intentional walk to Rusty Staub followed. Johnson got Kingman to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Roberts to finish off the inning. Seaver then surrendered just a walk to Hector Torres in the bottom half.
Phillips and Seaver got consecutive singles with two outs in the top of the eighth. Unser hit a triple to drive home Phillips and Seaver for a 5-0 Mets lead. Johnson retired Millan on a foul pop-up to Roberts that ended the inning and Seaver set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Vail singled against San Diego reliever Danny Frisella to lead off the top of the ninth. Staub connected for a homer to extend the Mets’ lead to seven runs. Kingman fouled out to Roberts and a line drive by Garrett was caught by Winfield. Grote doubled and Phillips was hit by a pitch. Frisella then got Seaver on a called third strike for the third out of the inning.
Tolan went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the ninth. McCovey hit a double and Winfield grounded out to Phillips. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Torres for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout and a sweep of the series.