June 15, 1975: Seaver Blanks Padres on Three Hits
|Date: June 15, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Del Unser, John Stearns|
|Key play: Seaver’s single, Padres’ miscues|
Seaver and the Padres’ Brent Strom each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Tom yielded only singles to Gene Locklear and Bobby Tolan while the Mets came up empty despite five hits against Strom. A single by Del Unser opened the top of the seventh. John Stearns doubled to advance Unser to third base and Mike Phillips went down on strikes. Seaver reached on shortstop Enzo Hernandez’s error that allowed Unser to score and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Strom got Gene Clines to hit a ground ball to second baseman Tito Fuentes for an inning-ending double play and Locklear doubled for the Padres’ third hit to open the bottom half. Mike Ivie was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Dave Kingman. Seaver then got both Willie McCovey and Fuentes on grounders to second baseman Felix Millan for the inning’s final outs.
Strom gave up only a single to Cleon Jones in the top of the eighth. Seaver set down the side in order in the bottom half and Unser singled against San Diego reliever Dave Tomlin to lead off the top of the ninth. Del stole second base and went to third as Stearns reached on an error by Fuentes. A wild pitch scored Unser and sent Stearns to second. John moved to third on Phillips’ sacrifice bunt and Bill Greif came in to pitch for the Padres. Seaver greeted Greif with a single that plated Stearns for a 3-0 Mets lead. Clines lined out to center fielder Dick Sharon and a single by Millan ensued. John Milner drew a walk to load the bases and a wild pitch brought home Seaver. Wayne Garrett reached third base on an error by Sharon that allowed Millan and Milner to score the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs. Greif then retired Kingman on a fly ball to right fielder Tolan that finished off the inning.
Tolan flied out to left fielder Milner to begin the bottom of the ninth. Hernandez was retired on a ground ball to Millan. Seaver then got Locklear to fly out to center fielder Unser and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Tom’s shutout.