June 13, 1967: Seaver Leads Mets to DH Split

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Date: June 13, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ron Swoboda, Tommy Davis, Bob Johnson
Key play: Davis’s single, Bob Johnson’s double, Swoboda’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After losing the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets looked for a split in the nightcap. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game and the Mets came away with a 7-3 win over Cincinnati.

Seaver yielded only a double to Vada Pinson in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Reds’ starter Bill McCool to lead off the bottom half. Bob Johnson singled to advance Harrelson to third base and Ed Charles was struck out. Tommy Davis hit a single to score Harrelson and put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Ron Swoboda walked to load the bases and Jerry Buchek went down on strikes. Cleon Jones got an infield single to drive home Bob Johnson. On Jones’ hit, McCool made a throwing error that allowed Davis and Swoboda to come home for a four-run New York lead. Jerry Grote then grounded back to McCool for the third out.

After retiring the side in order in the top of the second, Seaver singled to open the bottom of the inning. Tom moved to second base on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score the Mets’ fifth run on a double by Bob Johnson. McCool got Charles and Davis on fly balls to left fielder Pete Rose for the inning’s final outs and Seaver shut down the Reds in the top of the third. Cincinnati reliever Darrell Osteen hurled a scoreless bottom half and Tom set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Harrelson walked and stole second. Osteen then fanned Bob Johnson to close out the inning.

Seaver retired all three Reds batters on infield ground balls in the top of the fifth. Davis got a one-out single in the bottom half. Swoboda followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Osteen got Buchek to fly out to Rose and retired Jones on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Pinson. To begin the top of the sixth, Leo Cardenas singled and a double by pinch-hitter Jimmie Coker ensued. Seaver retired Floyd Robinson on a foul pop-up to first baseman Bob Johnson and struck out both Pinson and Rose to finish off the inning. Cincinnati reliever Don Nottebart then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Seaver and the Reds’ Ted Abernathy each hurled scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Rose reached on a two-base error by second baseman Buchek to open the top of the ninth. Tony Perez singled and Deron Johnson flied out to right fielder Swoboda. Pinch-hitter Art Shamsky slugged a three-run homer. Johnny Edwards was retired on a line drive to left fielder Tommie Reynolds. Seaver then struck out Cardenas to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.