July 4, 1972: Seaver One-Hits Padres
|Date: July 4, 1972|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Fregosi's & Kranepool's walks in 3rd, Lee's single in 9th|
In the first game of an Independence Day doubleheader, Tom Seaver took the mound for the Mets against the Padres. The Shea Stadium crowd of 40,460 watched Seaver hold the San Diego batters without a hit for the first eight innings. Tom finished with a one-hitter as the Mets won, 2-0.
Seaver retired the first 11 Padre hitters he faced, five of them on strikeouts. He then issued walks to Leron Lee and Nate Colbert. Tom followed up with a strikeout of Cito Gaston to end the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the Mets had taken a two-run lead on bases-loaded walks to Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool in the bottom of the third.
The San Diego hitters failed to reach base from the fifth inning to the seventh. In the eighth, Larry Stahl and Garry Jestadt drew walks with two out. Seaver then got Derrel Thomas to line out to right fielder Ted Martinez, ending the inning with the Padres still hitless.
In the ninth, Dave Roberts led off with a ground out to second baseman Wayne Garrett. Lee came up next and singled to center field for San Diego's first hit off Seaver. Colbert followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson for the final outs of the game. The Mets had a Game 1 victory on Seaver's one-hit shutout.