August 7, 1975: Seaver 3-Hits Expos
|Date: August 7, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Mike Phillips, Dave Kingman|
|Key play: Kingman's bunt single, Phillips' three-run double|
The Mets and Expos concluded a five-game series on a Thursday afternoon. Tom Seaver took the mound for the home team at Shea Stadium. Pitching on three days rest, Tom shut out Montreal on three hits as the Mets came away with a 7-0 win.
After Seaver retired the Expos in the top of the first inning, Del Unser began the bottom half with a single off Montreal starter Steve Rogers. Unser moved to second base on Felix Millan's ground out and to third on an outfield fly by Ed Kranepool. Del came home on Dave Kingman's surprise bunt single, on which Dave advanced to second on an errant throw by Expos' third baseman Larry Parrish. Rusty Staub doubled to score Kingman for the Mets' second run of the inning. Rogers then issued an intentional walk to Wayne Garrett and walked Jerry Grote to load the bases with two out.
Mike Phillips came up to bat against Rogers. Phillips hit a double to right field to bring home all three runners and extend the Mets' lead to 5-0. Rogers then struck out Seaver to end the inning.
From the second inning to the fourth, Seaver and Rogers each pitched scoreless ball. Tom retired all nine Montreal batters, four of which were strikeouts. Rogers surrendered a third-inning double to Kingman and fourth-inning singles to Phillips and Unser, but no Met runs. In the top of the fifth, Larry Biittner singled and Parrish doubled before Seaver retired the next three Expo batters with no scoring. The Mets then got a run in the bottom of the inning when Staub crossed the plate on a passed ball by Montreal catcher Gary Carter.
Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning despite walks to Pepe Mangual and Mike Jorgensen. Tom began the bottom half with a single off Expos' reliever Fred Scherman. Seaver advanced to third base on Unser's single and scored on a single by Millan. Scherman got Kranepool to hit into a double play and struck out Kingman to end the inning. Seaver gave up a single to Pete Mackanin in a scoreless top of the seventh and the Expos' Dale Murray retired the Mets in order on three ground balls in the bottom half.
In the eighth, Seaver yielded only a walk to Carter in shutting down Montreal. Phillips singled off the Expos' Don DeMola to begin the bottom of the inning. Mike stole second base and went to third on Carter's wild throw. DeMola then pitched out of trouble with three ground balls to keep the Mets from scoring.
Seaver retired Biittner and Parrish on outfield fly balls to start the top of the ninth inning. He then got Mackanin to fly out to center fielder Unser and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Seaver's three-hit shutout after which he had only three days of rest.