May 26, 1975: Garrett's Memorial Day Blast
|Date: May 26, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Wayne Garrett|
|Key play: Garrett's home run in 9th|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on Memorial Day afternoon at Shea Stadium. It was a quick game of two hours and seven minutes in which Tom Seaver and the Dodgers' Andy Messersmith pitched complete games. The Mets won, 6-3, on Wayne Garrett's home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In the top of the first, Bill Buckner's single scored Dave Lopes to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied the game in the second on Jerry Grote's two-out single that brought home Rusty Staub from second base. Home runs by Del Unser and Ed Kranepool off Messersmith in the bottom of the third put the Mets ahead, 3-1.
Seaver retired the Dodgers in order from the fourth inning to the sixth. In the seventh, Tom walked Jim Wynn and gave up a single to Willie Crawford amid two fly ball outs to center fielder Unser. Ron Cey doubled to right field, scoring Wynn and Crawford with the tying runs. Seaver got pinch-hitter Charlie Manuel to ground out, ending the inning.
Following a scoreless eighth, Seaver set down the Dodgers after a single to Steve Garvey in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Mike Phillips hit a one-out triple and Grote was walked intentionally. Garrett, pinch-hitting for Seaver, homered off Messersmith to end the game. The Mets had a holiday victory.