May 15, 1970: Seaver One-Hits Phillies
|Date: May 15, 1970|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Fryman's wild pitch in 4th, Seaver's 15 strikeouts|
The Mets began a series against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium on a Friday night. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game shutout, limiting the Phils to one hit while striking out 15 batters. The Mets won easily, 4-0.
The game began sloppily with each team making two errors over the first three innings. For the Mets, Al Weis booted a ground ball by Johnny Briggs in the first inning and Oscar Gamble's grounder was mishandled by Joe Foy in the third. The Phils' miscues came in the top of the second when first baseman Deron Johnson dropped a throw and Gamble dropped Foy's fly ball to right field. On Gamble's error, Foy passed Ron Swoboda on the bases and had to be called out. Jerry Grote and Philadelphia's Mike Compton added singles among the errors, yet no runs were scored.
Donn Clendenon singled and Swoboda doubled to begin the top of the fourth inning for New York. Phils' starter Woodie Fryman then threw a wild pitch on which catcher Compton made an error. Clendenon and Swoboda both came in to score for a 2-0 Mets' lead. Later in the inning, Seaver singled and advanced to second when Gamble misplayed the ball for the Phillies' fourth error of the game.
The Mets scored in the top of the fifth on a two-out single by Foy that brought home Cleon Jones. Fryman was then replaced by Bill Wilson, against whom Grote got his second single to score Clendenon. On the play, Foy was thrown out at third base by left fielder Briggs to end the inning.
Lost in the lackluster play of both sides was Seaver's standout pitching. Tom recorded two strikeouts in each of the first five innings while Compton's single was the only hit he allowed. Seaver then struck out Don Money to end the sixth with the Mets' four-run lead intact.
Seaver shut down the Phils the rest of the way. He struck out four more batters and surrendered only a walk to Compton over the final three innings. The game ended when Tom fanned Johnson to bring his strikeout total for the game to 15. Seaver had his seventh win of the season and second career one-hitter.
- Although it was only the middle of May, this was the Mets' third one-hit shutout of the season and second that featured 15 strikeouts against the Phillies. Nolan Ryan struck out 15 in a one-hitter against the Phils at Shea Stadium on April 18 and Gary Gentry pitched a one-hitter against the Cubs in Chicago on May 13.
- Gentry's and Seaver's one-hitters came in two consecutive Mets' games. Both ended with final scores of 4-0.