May 1, 1970: Seaver and Clendenon Put Away Padres

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Date: May 1, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Clendenon’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a four-hitter and Donn Clendenon singled to drive home two runs for a 2-1 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Al Santorini gave up only a single to Bud Harrelson in the top of the first inning. Seaver retired the side in order in the bottom half and Clendenon singled to open the top of the second. Joe Foy grounded to shortstop Steve Huntz for a double play and Wayne Garrett hit a single to center field. Duffy Dyer drew a walk and Santorini retired Seaver on a ground ball to first baseman Nate Colbert to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Ollie Brown singled and Ed Spiezio walked. Seaver then struck out Chris Cannizzaro to end the inning.

Tommie Agee got a leadoff single in the top of the third. Harrelson doubled and Cleon Jones went down on strikes. Art Shamsky was walked intentionally to load the bases. Clendenon followed with a single to plate Agee and Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Foy and Garrett were fanned for the inning’s final outs and Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half. Santorini yielded just a single to Duffy Dyer in the top of the fourth. Tom then shut down the Padres in the bottom of the inning.

Santorini retired the Mets on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the fifth. Seaver set down all three batters in the bottom half and Garrett drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Dyer hit a grounder to Huntz for an inning-ending double play. With one out in the bottom half, Huntz homered for the Padres’ first run of the game. Seaver then struck out both Cito Gaston and Al Ferrara to finish off the inning.

Santorini hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Spiezio and Cannizzaro got back-to-back singles (the Padres’ third and fourth hits) with two outs in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ramon Webster fouled out to third baseman Foy to end the inning and San Diego reliever Dave Roberts retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Roberts retired all three Mets hitters in the top of the ninth. Ferrara drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Seaver struck out Colbert and got Brown to hit a ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.