June 18, 1972: Seaver Wins Own Game with Homer
|Date: June 18, 1972|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Seaver's home run in 7th|
The Mets and Reds played the finale of a three-game weekend series. Tom Seaver pitched against Ross Grimsley in front of 33,134 at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. Seaver hit a solo home run off Grimsley in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and giving the Mets a 2-1 win.
Seaver began the game by walking Pete Rose and Joe Morgan in the bottom of the first. Tom then got two outs before Tony Perez singled to score Rose. The Reds had a 1-0 lead.
The Mets tied the game in the fourth. Jim Fregosi and Jim Beauchamp got singles off Grimsley with two out. Duffy Dyer doubled to score Fregosi, making the score 1-1. It was Dyer's second double of the game.
After Bud Harrelson flied out to open the seventh, Seaver came to bat. Tom hit a fly ball that cleared the left field wall for a home run. Grimsley then got the next two hitters out, but the Mets were ahead by a run.
The Reds had two runners on base with one out against Seaver in the bottom of the seventh. Tom then struck out pinch-hitter Ted Uhlaender and got Rose to fly out to center, keeping the lead intact. Seaver retired the next six Cincinnati batters in the eighth and ninth to seal the win for the Mets. Tom had a complete game that included his own game-winning home run.