May 29, 1971: Seaver Fans 10 in Win Over Padres

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Date: May 29, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote, Tim Foli
Key play: Seaver's strikeouts, Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening. Tom Seaver took the mound for the Mets in the opener of the twinbill at San Diego Stadium. Seaver recorded ten strikeouts in a 5-1 Mets win.

Seaver fanned three batters in pitching two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Meanwhile, the Mets failed to score against Padres’ starter Steve Arlin. Ed Kranepool hit a double with two outs in the top of the fourth. Ken Boswell was given an intentional walk and Jerry Grote singled to drive home Kranepool. Arlin got Tim Foli on a force play grounder to third baseman Dave Campbell that ended the inning. Seaver then chalked up a strikeout of Larry Stahl in a perfect bottom half.

Arlin shut down the Mets in the fifth and sixth innings. Seaver set down all six San Diego hitters (including two strikeouts) in the bottom halves. To open the top of the seventh, Foli singled and advanced to second base on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt. Tommie Agee went down on strikes and Bud Harrelson hit a single to score Foli for a 2-0 New York lead. Arlin retired Dave Marshall on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cito Gaston. Stahl got a one-out single in the bottom half. Seaver then fanned both Campbell and Bob Barton to finish off the inning.

Cleon Jones singled against Arlin to lead off the top of the eighth. Kranepool flied out to Gaston and a single by Boswell ensued. Padres’ reliever Bob Miller struck out Grote and gave up a single to Foli that brought home Jones. Seaver and Agee followed with singles to score Boswell and Foli, respectively, for a five-run Mets lead. Miller got Harrelson to ground out to second baseman Gary Jestadt and end the inning. Seaver then fanned pinch-hitter Angel Bravo to begin a scoreless bottom half.

San Diego reliever Dick Kelley retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Nate Colbert hit a home run to open the bottom half. Ollie Brown singled and moved to third base on a single by Stahl. Campbell flied out to left fielder Jones and a pop-up by Barton was caught by Seaver. Tom then got pinch-hitter Ed Spiezio for his tenth strikeout to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory to start the doubleheader.