June 7, 1977: Seaver Shuts Out Reds
|Date: June 7, 1977|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Lee Mazzilli, John Milner|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s two-run single in 4th|
The Mets and Reds faced each other on a Tuesday night. In his final appearance at Shea Stadium before his departure from New York, Tom Seaver pitched against the team to which he would be traded eight days later. Seaver hurled a complete game shutout in an 8-0 Mets win over Cincinnati.
Seaver and Reds’ starter Pat Zachry each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Tom retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. John Milner drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dave Kingman popped out to third baseman Pete Rose and a single by Ed Kranepool sent Milner to third. Kranepool advanced to second on a throw and John Stearns was walked intentionally to load the bases. Lee Mazzilli singled to drive home Milner and Kranepool with the first two runs of the game. Bud Harrelson reached on an error by first baseman Dan Driessen that allowed Stearns to score and Mazzilli to move to third. Seaver followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Mazzilli for a 4-0 Mets lead. Zachry then got Lenny Randle on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Joe Morgan.
Seaver shut down the Reds in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Milner hit a single against Cincinnati reliever Woodie Fryman. Kingman was hit by a pitch and Mike Vail followed with a pinch-hit single to load the bases. Stearns hit a force play grounder to Rose that drove home Milner. Fryman struck out Mazzilli to end the inning. Seaver set down all six Reds batters in the top of the sixth and seventh innings. Fryman responded by pitching scoreless and hitless ball in the bottom halves.
Seaver held the Reds to a single by Cesar Geronimo in a scoreless top of the eighth. Stearns doubled against Cincinnati’s Mike Caldwell to begin the bottom of the inning. Mazzilli hit a single to drive home Stearns and moved to second base on a throw. Lee advanced to third on Harrelson’s ensuing fly out to left fielder George Foster. Seaver singled to score Mazzilli and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Randle hit a force play grounder to Morgan and went to third on a single by Felix Millan. Milner singled to drive home Randle with the eighth New York run. Caldwell then fanned Kingman to close out the inning.
Ken Griffey drew a walk to open the top of the ninth. Morgan hit a grounder to second baseman Millan for a double play and Driessen singled to right field. Seaver then struck out Foster to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory over the two-time world champions as Tom left the field at Shea for the last time before heading to Cincinnati.