May 12, 1973: Seaver Blanks Bucs on Two Hits

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Date: May 12, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jim Gosger, Wayne Garrett, Cleon Jones
Key play: Gosger’s and Jones’ double, Garrett’s home run

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Three Rivers Stadium. Tom Seaver pitched a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

Wayne Garrett singled against Pirates’ starter Bob Moose to lead off the top of the first inning. Garrett advanced to third base on Felix Millan’s single and came home as Cleon Jones grounded back to Moose for a double play. Rusty Staub took a called third strike to end the inning and Seaver set down the side in order in the bottom half. Moose retired all three Mets batters in the top of the second. Tom then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Garrett drew a walk with two outs in the top of the third. Millan singled to send Garrett to third base and Jones was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Richie Hebner. Seaver yielded just a single to Moose in the bottom half and Ed Kranepool got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Jim Gosger was called out on strikes and Duffy Dyer was hit by a pitch. Moose threw a called third strike past Bud Harrelson to close out the inning. Seaver then retired the Bucs in order in the bottom half.

Moose held the Mets to a single by Millan in the top of the fifth. Seaver pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Kranepool singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Gosger was struck out and Dyer hit a single. Harrelson grounded to shortstop Gene Alley for an inning-ending force play and Seaver surrendered only a walk to Vic Davalillo in the bottom half. Moose retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Willie Stargell tripled for the Pirates’ second hit with one out in the bottom of the inning. Hebner fouled out to third baseman Garrett. Seaver then retired Milt May on a pop-up to second baseman Millan to finish off the inning.

Jones singled against Moose to begin the top of the eighth. Cleon moved to third base on Staub’s single and scored on a single by Kranepool. Gosger followed with a double to drive home Staub for a 3-0 Mets lead. Pittsburgh reliever Jim Rooker retired Dyer on a fly ball to left fielder Stargell. Rooker got Harrelson to line out to Alley and fanned Seaver to close out the inning. Tom then set down the Bucs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Garrett hit a home run against Pirates’ reliever Dave Giusti to lead off the top of the ninth. Millan reached on Alley’s error and came around to score on a double by Jones. Staub was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Manny Sanguillen. Kranepool grounded out to second baseman Rennie Stennett to advance Jones to third base. Gosger reached on an error by first baseman Davalillo that allowed Jones to come home with the Mets’ sixth run. Giusti then struck out Dyer to end the inning.

Davalillo grounded out to Millan to open the bottom of the ninth. Sanguillen was retired on a line drive back to Seaver. Tom then got Al Oliver to ground out to Millan and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Seaver’s two-hitter.