July 26, 1974: Seaver Blanks Redbirds

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Date: July 26, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, John Milner
Key play: Kranepool’s two-run single, Milner’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Friday night in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series that immediately followed the All-Star Break. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

After two scoreless innings, Jerry Grote drew a two-out walk against Cards’ starter Lynn McGlothen in the top of the third. John Milner hit a single and Rusty Staub singled to load the bases. Ed Kranepool added a single that brought home Grote and Milner for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ken Boswell was walked intentionally to reload the bases and Don Hahn grounded back to McGlothen for the inning’s third out. Mike Tyson tripled to open the bottom half. McGlothen was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Milner. Lou Brock hit a grounder on which third baseman Wayne Garrett threw to catcher Grote for an out at home on Tyson. Brock stole second and Seaver retired Ted Sizemore on a grounder to shortstop Ted Martinez to close out the inning.

McGlothen set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half and Grote hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Milner popped out to second baseman Sizemore and a fly ball by Staub was caught by right fielder Reggie Smith. Kranepool singled to send Grote to third base and Boswell grounded out to Sizemore to end the inning. Seaver retired all three St. Louis batters in the bottom half and McGlothen gave up only a double to Hahn in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Brock singled and stole second. Seaver then got Sizemore to ground out to Martinez and threw a called third strike past Bake McBride to finish off the inning.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Milner homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. McGlothen retired the next three batters to end the inning and Seaver held the Redbirds to a single by Joe Torre in the bottom half. Hahn singled to begin the top of the eighth. Martinez hit a force play ground ball back to McGlothen and a strikeout of Seaver ensued. Ted stole second base and McGlothen retired Garrett on an inning-ending fly ball to Smith. Seaver then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Cardinals’ reliever Al Hrabosky hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Sizemore popped out to Garrett to begin the bottom of the inning. McBride singled and Smith was retired on a pop-up to Martinez. Seaver then got Ted Simmons to pop out to Martinez and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.