July 19, 1967: Seaver Strikes Out 12 for DH Sweep
|Date: July 19, 1967|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Tommy Davis, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda|
|Key play: Davis’s grand slam, Kranepool’s and Swoboda’s home runs|
The Mets and Astros faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in Game 2. Tom Seaver recorded twelve strikeouts in a complete game as the Mets defeated Houston, 7-2.
Joe Morgan led off the top of the first inning with a single to right field. Sonny Jackson hit into a force play and stole second base. Jim Wynn popped out to third baseman Ed Charles and a double by Rusty Staub drove home Jackson. On the hit, Staub moved to third base on an error by center fielder Larry Stahl. Eddie Mathews doubled to score Staub with the Astros’ second run. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Norm Miller to end the inning.
Bud Harrelson started the bottom of the first with a single off Houston starter Dave Giusti. Stahl reached on an error by first baseman Jackie Brandt and an error by second baseman Morgan of Charles’ bunt loaded the bases. Tommy Davis hit a grand slam to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Ed Kranepool followed with a single to center field and Giusti struck out Jerry Buchek. Ron Swoboda flied out to right fielder Staub. John Sullivan then popped out to shortstop Jackson to end the inning.
Over the second and third innings, Seaver fanned four batters in shutting down the Astros. Giusti responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves. Seaver struck out Dave Adlesh to end a scoreless top of the fourth and Swoboda doubled to begin the bottom half. Swoboda advanced to third base on Sullivan’s ground out to Brandt and scored the Mets’ fifth run on Seaver’s sacrifice fly. Harrelson grounded out to Morgan to end the inning. Seaver held Houston to a double by Jackson in the top of the fifth. Giusti then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.
Seaver fanned Staub to begin a 1-2-3 top of the sixth. Kranepool homered to lead off the bottom half. Giusti struck out Buchek for the second time in the game and surrendered a home run to Swoboda. Astros’ reliever Dan Schneider retired Sullivan on a pop-up to third baseman Mathews and got Seaver on an inning-ending grounder to Morgan. Brandt doubled to begin the top of the seventh and Tom followed up with strikeouts of Adlesh and pinch-hitter Ron Davis. Morgan hit a fly ball to Stahl for the third out of the inning. Houston’s Carroll Sembera then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Seaver fanned Bob Lillis and Wynn for his tenth and eleventh strikeouts to open the top of the eighth. Staub singled to right field and Mathews fouled out to Charles to end the inning. Tommy Davis hit a single to start the bottom half and Kranepool hit into a force play. Buchek went down on strikes for the third time in the game. Sembera then fanned Swoboda for the third out.
Miller reached on shortstop Harrelson’s error to begin the top of the ninth inning. Brandt followed with a ground ball to Harrelson for a double play. Seaver then got Adlesh for his twelfth strikeout to finish off the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.