August 31, 1969: Mets Romp, Seaver Blanks Giants

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Date: August 31, 1969
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 8
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ron Swoboda, Jerry Grote, Al Weis
Key play: Swoboda’s double, Grote’s and Weis’s two-run singles

The Mets faced the Giants in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played a two-hour and forty-three-minute opener of the twinbill at Candlestick Park. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in an 8-0 Mets win.

Seaver and the Giants’ Mike McCormick each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Tommie Agee drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Cleon Jones hit a single and Donn Clendenon walked to load the bases. Ron Swoboda doubled to drive home Agee and Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jerry Grote followed with a single that scored both Clendenon and Swoboda. On his own hit, Grote advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. McCormick was replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Ron Herbel, who retired Al Weis on a ground ball to second baseman Don Mason. Seaver singled to drive home Grote and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Bud Harrelson was called out on strikes and Bobby Pfeil got an infield single. Herbel retired Agee on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Hal Lanier. Seaver then shut down the Giants in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Rod Gaspar singled against San Francisco’s Bob Bolin to open the top of the fifth. Clendenon was struck out and Swoboda reached on an error by Mason. Grote drew a walk to load the bases and Weis singled to bring home both Gaspar and Swoboda for a 7-0 Mets lead. Seaver went down on strikes and Harrelson hit a single to score Grote with the eighth New York run of the game. Bolin retired Pfeil on a foul pop-up to first baseman Willie McCovey that ended the inning. Seaver then surrendered only a walk to Jim Davenport in the bottom half.

Seaver and Bolin each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Giants’ reliever Don McMahon gave up only a single to Agee in the top of the eighth. Tom hurled a perfect bottom half and McMahon set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Dave Marshall went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jim Ray Hart followed with a single to center field. Seaver then got Lanier to hit a grounder to shortstop Harrelson for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout to start the doubleheader.