May 11, 1972: Seaver's 100th Win

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Date: May 11, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool's home run

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other in a day-night doubleheader on a Thursday at Shea Stadium. In the afternoon opener, the teams got started with a game that lasted two hours and seventeen minutes. Tom Seaver recorded his 100th career win as the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 2-1.

Seaver and Dodgers’ starter Bill Singer each pitched four-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Bobby Valentine led off with a walk and Singer was called out for interference on a bunt attempt. On a third strike to Billy Grabarkewitz, Valentine made an attempt to steal second base. Catcher Duffy Dyer threw to second baseman Ken Boswell for an out on Valentine to complete a double play that ended the inning.

Ed Kranepool began the bottom of the fifth with a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Dyer drew a walk and moved to second base on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt. Singer issued walks to Bud Harrelson and Boswell to load the bases and John Milner flied out to left fielder Willie Crawford. Dyer came home on an errant pickoff throw by Singer for the second New York run of the game. Rusty Staub hit a ground ball to first baseman Wes Parker for the final out of the inning. Seaver and Singer each hurled perfect sixth and seventh innings and Tom set down the Dodgers in order again in the top of the eighth. Los Angeles reliever Hoyt Wilhelm then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Bill Buckner singled off Seaver to open the top of the ninth inning. Willie Davis followed with a bunt single against Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella. Crawford flied out to center fielder Cleon Jones and a single by Parker brought home Buckner. Duke Sims hit a line drive that was caught by first baseman Kranepool. Ed then stepped on the base to double up Parker and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the split doubleheader as Seaver reached the 100-win mark in his career.

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