May 29, 1973: Seaver and Four-Run 9th Bury Giants

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Date: May 29, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Wayne Garrett, Felix Millan
Key play: Seaver’s home run, Garrett’s walk, Millan’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Candlestick Park. Tom Seaver struck out sixteen batters and the Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning for a 5-2 win.

Seaver and the Giants’ Jim Barr each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Tom recorded eight strikeouts in hurling one-hit ball while Barr limited the Mets to three singles and a walk. With one out in the top of the fifth, Seaver hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Barr retired Wayne Garrett and Felix Millan on infield grounders to end the inning and a walk to Gary Matthews opened the bottom half. Chris Speier went down on strikes and Dave Rader flied out to left fielder Ed Kranepool. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Barr for the inning’s final out.

Barr shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Seaver fanned Bobby Bonds to begin the bottom half. Tito Fuentes hit a double and Garry Maddox grounded out to third baseman Garrett. Willie McCovey homered to put the Giants ahead, 2-1. Seaver retired Ed Goodson on a ground ball to second baseman Millan that ended the inning and Bud Harrelson singled with one out in the top of the seventh. Seaver’s sacrifice bunt advanced Harrelson to second base and Garrett fouled out to catcher Rader to finish off the inning. Tom then struck out Matthews to begin a perfect bottom half.

The Mets failed to score despite three singles in the top of the eighth. Seaver struck out Bonds and Fuentes in a perfect bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Ken Boswell drew a walk against Barr to lead off the top of the ninth. Harrelson and Seaver got consecutive singles off San Francisco reliever Randy Moffitt to load the bases. Garrett walked to force home Boswell with the tying run. Millan followed with a single that drove home Harrelson and Seaver for a 4-2 Mets lead. Giants’ reliever Sam McDowell walked John Milner to reload the bases and Rusty Staub hit a grounder on which first baseman McCovey threw to Rader for an out at home on Garrett. Pinch-hitter George Theodore hit a sacrifice fly to score Millan with the Mets’ fifth run. Jim Gosger drew a walk to load the bases once again. McDowell then got Boswell to ground out to Fuentes and finish off the inning.

Maddox went down on strikes to open the bottom of the ninth. McCovey was fanned for Seaver’s sixteenth strikeout. Tom then retired Goodson on a ground ball to first baseman Milner for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory with solid pitching (and hitting) by Seaver and a late scoring surge.