June 10, 1975: Seaver Shuts Out Giants

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Date: June 10, 1975
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote
Key play: Grote’s single and double, Seaver’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win.

Giants’ starter Jim Barr gave up only a walk to Joe Torre in the top of the first inning. Seaver hurled a scoreless bottom half and Ed Kranepool doubled to begin the top of the second. John Milner grounded out to second baseman Derrel Thomas to advance Kranepool to third base. Mike Phillips grounded out to first baseman Willie Montanez and a single by Jerry Grote scored Kranepool for a 1-0 Mets lead. Barr struck out Seaver to end the inning and Tom set down the side in order in the bottom half. Barr retired all three batters in the top of the third. Seaver then surrendered only a walk to Gary Thomasson in the bottom of the inning.

Rusty Staub reached second base on an error by left fielder Glenn Adams to begin the top of the fourth. Kranepool grounded out to Montanez and a single by Milner brought home Staub. Phillips singled to send Milner to third, but was out at second via a throw by right fielder Bobby Murcer to shortstop Chris Speier. Grote was walked intentionally and Seaver doubled to score Milner for a 3-0 Mets lead. Trying to score on the play, Grote was out at home via Speier’s relay throw to catcher Marc Hill to finish off the inning. Adams walked with one out in the bottom half. Montanez singled and Speier went down on strikes. Bruce Miller then grounded back to Seaver for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Phillips got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Grote doubled to drive home Phillips and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Seaver’s sacrifice bunt sent Grote to third base and Del Unser was given an intentional walk. Felix Millan followed with a force play ground ball to Speier that plated Grote with the fifth New York run of the game. Torre was hit by a pitch and Barr retired Staub on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Thomasson. Seaver then yielded only a single to Miller in the bottom half.

Barr held the Mets to a double by Milner in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Von Joshua singled to open the bottom of the inning. Thomasson singled and Thomas hit a grounder back to Seaver for a double play. Murcer went down on strikes to end the inning and San Francisco reliever Tommy Toms hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Adams and Montanez were both struck out to begin the bottom half. Seaver then fanned Speier to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.