May 22, 1967: Seaver Five-Hits Dodgers

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Date: May 22, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Charles, Tommy Davis
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a five-hitter in a 5-2 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Dodgers’ starter Bill Singer to lead off the bottom half. Ed Kranepool hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Ron Hunt and a single by Ed Charles followed. Tommy Davis hit a single to drive home Kranepool for a 1-0 Mets lead. On his own hit, Tommy Davis was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Ron Fairly to shortstop Gene Michael. Singer then threw a called third strike past Jerry Buchek for the third out.

Leading off the top of the second, Fairly hit a home run to tie the game. Jim Lefebvre singled and Seaver retired the next three Los Angeles batters to end the inning. Singer pitched a perfect bottom half and Tom set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Seaver drew a walk and stole second base to begin the bottom of the inning. Harrelson lined out to center fielder Willie Davis. Kranepool flied out to Willie Davis and an infield single by Charles ensued. Tommy Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Singer then got Buchek to ground out to third baseman Lefebvre and finish off the inning.

To open the top of the fourth, Willie Davis singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Fairly popped out to second baseman Buchek and a strikeout of Lefebvre followed. John Roseboro drew a walk and Al Ferrara grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to end the inning. Singer hurled a perfect bottom half and Seaver gave up only a single to Michael in the top of the fifth. Kranepool hit a two-out double in the bottom of the inning. Ed advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Charles’ single for a 2-1 Mets lead. Tommy Davis singled to send Charles to third. Singer then retired Buchek on a fly ball to Willie Davis that closed out the inning.

Seaver pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Cleon Jones hit a single against Singer to begin the bottom half. Ron Swoboda went down on strikes and John Sullivan singled to advance Jones to third base. Seaver reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to bring home Jones and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Dodgers’ reliever Ron Perranoski retired Harrelson on a fly ball to Willie Davis. Perranoski then got Kranepool to ground out to Michael and end the inning.

Seaver surrendered only a walk to Ferrara in the top of the seventh. Against Los Angeles reliever Bob Miller, Charles led off the bottom half with his fourth single of the game. Tommy Davis singled and Buchek was struck out. Jones and Swoboda got back-to-back singles to score Charles and pinch-runner Don Bosch, respectively, for a 5-1 New York lead. Dodgers’ reliever Dick Egan then fanned both Sullivan and Seaver to end the inning.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Willie Davis homered for the second Los Angeles run. Fairly was retired on a pop-up to Buchek to close out the inning and Egan retired the side on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the bottom half. Lefebvre grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to begin the top of the ninth. Roseboro also grounded out to Kranepool. Seaver then struck out Ferrara to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s five-hitter.