May 17, 1974: Seaver Shuts Out Expos

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Date: May 17, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Ted Martinez
Key play: Staub’s home run, Martinez’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Tom Seaver tossed a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Seaver and the Expos’ Balor Moore each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Tom gave up just a single to Ron Hunt in the top of the third and Felix Millan drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Rusty Staub hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cleon Jones doubled and Moore was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Chuck Taylor. A sacrifice bunt by George Theodore advanced Jones to third base. Cleon came home with the third New York run on Jerry Grote’s sacrifice fly. Taylor then got Ted Martinez to ground out to second baseman Jim Cox and finish off the inning.

Seaver yielded only a single to Willie Davis in the top of the fourth. Taylor hurled a perfect bottom half and Tom set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Expos’ reliever Don DeMola retired all three Mets batters in the bottom of the inning and Seaver pitched a perfect top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom half, Martinez singled and stole second base. DeMola then got Don Hahn to ground out to shortstop Larry Lintz and end the inning.

Seaver gave up just a single to Ron Fairly in the top of the seventh. DeMola surrendered only a walk to Seaver in the bottom half and Barry Foote hit a double to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen went down on strikes and a fly ball by Hunt was caught by center fielder Hahn. Seaver fanned pinch-hitter Jim Lyttle to close out the inning and Jones singled against Montreal reliever John Montague to lead off the bottom half. Theodore got a bunt single and Grote reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases. Martinez singled to drive home Jones and Theodore with the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs of the game. Hahn was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Davis, after which Grote moved to third and Martinez to second. With Seaver at bat, Grote got caught by catcher Foote’s pickoff throw and was tagged out. Montague then struck out Seaver to finish off the inning.

Davis went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Ken Singleton was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Dave Schneck. Seaver then got Fairly to fly out to Schneck and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.