June 28, 1972: Seaver Downs Phils With Ten Strikeouts

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Date: June 28, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Marshall, Ted Martinez, Jim Beauchamp
Key play: Marshall’s two doubles, Martinez’s single, Beauchamp’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game with ten strikeouts in a 3-2 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Gary Neibauer retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Don Money hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Oscar Gamble singled to drive home Money and advanced to second base on an error by center fielder Willie Mays. Joe Lis hit a single that sent Gamble to third and Willie Montanez was struck out. Seaver then got Bill Robinson on a ground ball to second baseman Wayne Garrett for the third out.

Neibauer set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Larry Bowa got an infield single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Seaver threw called third strikes past both John Bateman and Neibauer. Denny Doyle followed with a double that scored Bowa for a 2-0 Phillies’ lead. Tom then retired Money on a fly ball to Mays for the inning’s final out.

Neibauer gave up just a single to Seaver in the top of the third. Tom struck out Lis during a perfect bottom half and Bud Harrelson drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Dave Marshall doubled to bring home Harrelson and moved to third base on Jim Fregosi’s single. Ed Kranepool flied out to right fielder Gamble and a single by Ted Martinez plated Marshall to tie the game. Garrett walked to load the bases and Jerry Grote flied out to left fielder Robinson. Seaver grounded back to Neibauer to end the inning. Tom then got Robinson on a called third strike for the start of a perfect bottom half.

Seaver and Neibauer each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Tom recorded three more strikeouts and yielded a single to Money while the Mets got no more then a walk to Harrelson and a single by Kranepool against Neibauer. To begin the top of the eighth, Marshall hit his second double and went to third on Fregosi’s ground out to second baseman Doyle. Pinch-hitter Jim Beauchamp followed with a sacrifice fly off Philadelphia reliever Woodie Fryman to score Marshall and put the Mets ahead by a run. Fryman got Martinez to line out to shortstop Bowa and finish off the inning. Seaver then got Doyle on a called third strike to begin a perfect bottom half.

Fryman set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Seaver fanned Lis for his tenth strikeout to open the bottom of the inning. Montanez popped out to shortstop Harrelson and a single by pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton followed. Seaver then retired pinch-hitter Greg Luzinski on a grounder to Garrett that ended the game. The Mets had a victory with a comeback and Tom’s solid pitching.

Notes

  • This was the Mets’ 700th regular season win in their history.
  • The win was the Mets’ tenth in a row in games against the Phils.