June 12, 1983: Seaver Four-Hits Expos

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Date: June 12, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 9
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry, George Foster, Rusty Staub
Key play: Strawberry’s triple and single, Foster’s home run, Staub’s double

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a four-hitter in a 9-1 Mets win over Montreal.

Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Expos’ starter Charlie Lea to lead off the bottom half. Hubie Brooks hit a single on which Wilson got caught between bases and was tagged out by third baseman Tim Wallach. Darryl Strawberry tripled to drive home Brooks and George Foster followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Dave Kingman was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Andre Dawson. Lea then struck out Ron Hodges to end the inning.

Gary Carter got a one-out single in the top of the second. Warren Cromartie flied out to center fielder Wilson and a walk to Wallach ensued. Doug Flynn hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Brian Giles to close out the inning and Lea pitched a perfect bottom half. Bryan Little drew a walk with two outs in the top of the third. Dawson walked and Seaver fanned Al Oliver for the inning’s third out. Lea then surrendered only a walk to Strawberry in the bottom half.

A walk to Carter began the top of the fourth. Carter advanced to third base on Cromartie’s double and came home on Wallach’s ground out to shortstop Jose Oquendo. Flynn and Lea were retired on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Strawberry to close out the inning and Kingman got a bunt single to lead off the bottom half. On a strikeout of Hodges, Kingman was caught stealing second on catcher Carter’s throw to shortstop Little for a double play. Lea then got Giles to ground out to Wallach and finish off the inning.

Seaver hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Lea shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Oliver singled to open the top of the sixth. Carter grounded to third baseman Brooks for a double play and Cromartie singled for the Expos’ fourth hit of the game. Seaver got Wallach on a force play grounder to Brooks that ended the inning and Strawberry reached second base on Dawson’s error to begin the bottom half. Foster hit a single and Kingman popped out to Carter on a bunt attempt. Hodges flied out to right fielder Cromartie and a double by pinch-hitter Rusty Staub brought home Strawberry and Foster, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-1. On his own hit, Staub was out at third via a relay throw by Carter to Wallach to end the inning.

Seaver retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Tom singled against Montreal reliever Dan Schatzeder with one out in the bottom half. Wilson reached on shortstop Mike Phillips’ error and a single by Brooks loaded the bases. Strawberry hit a single to score both Seaver and Wilson for a 7-1 Mets lead. Foster flied out to left fielder Terry Francona and a walk to Kingman loaded the bases once again. Schatzeder then retired Hodges on a fly ball to Dawson for the final out of the inning.

Seaver set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the eighth. Bob Bailor singled against Expos’ reliever Chris Welsh to begin the bottom half. Oquendo got an infield single and Seaver went down on strikes. Wilson doubled to score Bailor and send Oquendo to third base. A wild pitch plated Oquendo with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Tucker Ashford was retired on a ground ball to Wallach. Welsh then threw a called third strike past Strawberry to end the inning.

Carter was fanned to open the top of the ninth. Cromartie grounded out to second baseman Bailor and a walk to pinch-hitter Terry Crowley ensued. Seaver then struck out Francona to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.