June 1, 1974: Seaver Fans 11 in Win Over Astros

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Date: June 1, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Don Hahn, Felix Millan, Rusty Staub
Key play: Hahn’s triple, Millan’s RBI single, Staub’s double and single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and eleven-minute game. Tom Seaver recorded eleven strikeouts in a 3-1 Mets win over Houston.

Seaver fanned two batters to close out a scoreless top of the first inning. Don Hahn hit a triple against Astros’ starter Dave Roberts to lead off the bottom half. Felix Millan singled to drive home Hahn and came around to score on a double by Rusty Staub for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cleon Jones grounded out to second baseman Tommy Helms and a pop-up by John Milner was caught by shortstop Roger Metzger. Roberts then got Jerry Grote to ground out to third baseman Doug Rader and end the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Seaver struck out Metzger to begin the top of the fourth. Cesar Cedeno hit a solo home run and Bob Watson singled. Lee May was called out on strikes and Seaver fanned Milt May to close out the inning. Roberts gave up only a single to Grote in the bottom half and Tom surrendered just a walk to Helms in the top of the fifth. Wayne Garrett singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Garrett advanced to second base on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt and Hahn grounded out to Rader. Millan hit a single and Staub singled to bring home Garrett with the Mets’ third run of the game. Roberts then got Jones on a force play ground ball to Rader for the inning’s third out.

Seaver fanned Cedeno to start a scoreless top of the sixth. Roberts gave up only a double to Milner in the bottom half and Tom struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh. Hahn got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Millan flied out to center fielder Cedeno and a strikeout of Staub finished off the inning. Seaver hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Roberts then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Watson grounded out to shortstop Ted Martinez to lead off the top of the ninth. Lee May went down on strikes. Seaver then got Milt May for his eleventh strikeout to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s solid pitching.