July 8, 1967: Seaver Six-Hits Braves

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Date: July 8, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Tommy Davis, Bud Harrelson, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Davis’s and Harrelson’s RBI singles, Kranepool’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 43,494 fans on hand. Tom Seaver pitched a six-hitter in a 3-2 Mets win over Atlanta.

Felipe Alou hit a single against Seaver to lead off the top of the first inning. Mack Jones singled and Hank Aaron followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Ed Charles. Rico Carty grounded to shortstop Bud Harrelson for an inning-ending double play and Braves’ starter Pat Jarvis yielded only a single to Tommy Davis in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the second, Clete Boyer singled and stole second base. Denis Menke drew a walk and Seaver got Woody Woodward on a double play grounder to Harrelson that closed out the inning. Jarvis then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Seaver hurled a perfect top of the third. Jerry Grote singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Seaver hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Menke and a single by Harrelson ensued. Tom advanced to third base after Cleon Jones’ fly out to right fielder Aaron and scored the Mets’ first run on a single by Davis. Ed Kranepool drew a walk to load the bases and Jarvis retired Ron Swoboda on a fly ball to Aaron for the inning’s third out.

Seaver set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Bob Johnson got a one-out single in the bottom half. Grote went down on strikes and Seaver singled to send Johnson to third base. Harrelson hit a single to drive home Johnson and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Jarvis then got Cleon Jones to fly out to Aaron and finish off the inning.

Boyer hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Menke drew a walk and stole second base (moving to third on catcher Grote’s throwing error.) Woodward drew a walk and consecutive strikeouts of Jarvis and Alou followed. Mack Jones was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Seaver fanned Aaron to end the inning. Davis got a bunt single against Jarvis to open the bottom half. Kranepool popped out to first baseman Alou and a walk to Swoboda ensued. Atlanta reliever Jay Ritchie got Charles to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Boyer. Ritchie then retired Johnson on a grounder to Boyer for the final out of the inning.

Seaver pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Ritchie set down all three batters in the bottom half and Tom retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Against Braves’ reliever Dick Kelley, Cleon Jones reached on an error by Boyer to open the bottom of the inning. Cleon went to third base on Davis’s single and came home on Kranepool’s sacrifice fly for a 3-1 Mets lead. Swoboda hit a force play grounder to Menke and a single by Charles moved Swoboda to third. Atlanta’s Clay Carroll then got Johnson to foul out to Alou and end the inning.

Alou singled to begin the top of the eighth. Mack Jones hit a single to send Alou to third base and Aaron went down on strikes. Carty hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson to bring home Alou with the Braves’ second run of the game. Seaver retired Joe Torre on a line drive to right fielder Swoboda to close out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Tom drew a walk and Harrelson singled. Carroll got Cleon Jones to line out to Menke, who then threw to second baseman Woodward for an out on Seaver and an inning-ending double play.

Boyer grounded out to Harrelson to lead off the top of the ninth. Menke was retired on a pop-up to Harrelson. Seaver then got pinch-hitter Mike de la Hoz to fly out to center fielder Cleon Jones and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s six-hitter.