June 24, 1969: Seaver Outduels Fryman

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Date: June 24, 1969
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bud Harrelson, Cleon Jones
Key play: Harrelson’s triple, Jones’ RBI single

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. Tom Seaver and the Phils’ Woodie Fryman combined for nineteen strikeouts in the first game of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. In the end, it was Seaver and the Mets who came out on top with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

Seaver held the Phillies to a single by Larry Hisle in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson singled to lead off the bottom half. Tommie Agee went down on strikes as Harrelson was caught stealing on catcher Mike Ryan’s throw to second baseman Cookie Rojas for a double play. Cleon Jones hit a single and Fryman fanned Donn Clendenon to end the inning. Seaver struck out the side in a scoreless top of the second. Fryman then fanned Ron Swoboda to begin a perfect bottom half.

Terry Harmon doubled to open the top of the third inning. Fryman followed with a bunt on which Harmon got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by third baseman Ed Charles. Seaver retired Hisle on a fly ball to center fielder Agee and got Rojas to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Harrelson that closed out the inning. To begin the bottom half, Al Weis singled and moved to second base on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt. Harrelson hit a triple to drive home Weis with the first run of the game. Agee grounded out to shortstop Harmon and a single by Jones plated Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Fryman then got Clendenon on a fly ball to left fielder Johnny Briggs for the inning’s final out.

Gene Stone and Ryan got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fourth. Seaver struck out Rick Joseph to finish off the inning and Swoboda got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Charles grounded to Harmon for a double play and Jerry Grote was struck out to end the inning. Harmon went down on strikes to open the top of the fifth. Fryman grounded out to Harrelson and a home run by Hisle ensued. Seaver retired Rojas on an inning-ending ground ball to Harrelson. Fryman then recorded a strikeout of Seaver in pitching a perfect bottom half.

A single by Johnny Callison opened the top of the sixth inning. Callison advanced to second base on catcher Grote’s passed ball. Briggs grounded out to Harrelson and a strikeout of Stone ensued. Seaver got Ryan on a fly ball to Agee for the third out and Fryman struck out the side in order in the bottom half. To begin the top of the seventh inning, Joseph singled and Harmon reached on an error by Harrelson. Fryman was retired on a bunt to first baseman Clendenon, after which Joseph got caught between bases and was tagged out by Charles for a double play. Seaver fanned Hisle for the third out of the inning and Charles drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Ed stole second and Grote was struck out. Fryman then threw a called third strike past Weis to close out the inning.

Seaver got Rojas and Briggs for the game’s eighteenth and nineteenth strikeouts in a scoreless top of the eighth. Fryman set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Ryan flied out to left fielder Jones to lead off the top of the ninth. Joseph was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Weis. Seaver then got Harmon to ground out to Clendenon and end the game. Tom had outlasted Fryman for a Mets victory to begin the doubleheader.