June 29, 1971: Seaver's 1,000th Strikeout
|Date: June 29, 1971|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote|
|Key play: Seaver's strikeouts, Grote's home run|
The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Tom Seaver pitched a four-hit shutout to earn his 10th win of the season. Seaver recorded 13 strikeouts, including the 1,000th of his career as the Mets defeated the Phils, 3-0.
Seaver and the Phillies' Barry Lersch started the game with three scoreless innings apiece. In the first, Tom allowed one-out singles to Larry Bowa and Tim McCarver and struck out the next two batters. He fanned three more hitters in the second and third. The Mets got three singles and two walks in the first three innings, but failed to score. Lersch picked off Bud Harrelson in the top of the first and left a total of four Met runners on base.
In the top of the fourth inning, Grote homered to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Lersch followed up by shutting down the Mets in the fifth and sixth. Meanwhile, Seaver struck out two more batters in a perfect bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, he got Lersch for his 999th career strikeout while retiring the Phillies in order. Tom then pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth, ending with Deron Johnson's double play grounder.
The Mets didn't score in the top of the seventh inning despite Tim Foli's single and a walk to Tommie Agee. Seaver began the bottom half by striking out Willie Montanez to reach the 1,000 mark for his career. Tom also fanned Oscar Gamble and Roger Freed for a three-strikeout perfect inning. The Mets then increased their lead to three runs on back-to-back homers by Cleon Jones and Ed Kranepool in the top of the eighth.
Seaver struck out John Vukovich to open the bottom of the eighth inning. He retired pinch-hitter Bobby Pfeil on a ground ball back to the mound. Tom got Denny Doyle for his 13th strikeout of the game to close out the inning. Phils' reliever Billy Wilson then set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.
Seaver pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth inning on three fly balls to center fielder Don Hahn. The Mets had their second straight victory at new Veterans Stadium. The win was also Seaver's second shutout of the year, one in which he reached a career milestone.