September 13, 1974: Seaver Blanks Cubs in DH Opener

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Date: September 13, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Duffy Dyer
Key play: Kessinger’s error, Seaver's single, Staub’s triple

The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Friday evening at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-minute opener of the twinbill. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over Chicago.

Rick Monday singled to lead off the top of the first inning. Don Kessinger bunted back to Seaver for a force play and Jose Cardenal flied out to right fielder Rusty Staub. Jerry Morales drew a walk and Bill Madlock was retired on a fly ball to Staub for the third out. Cubs’ starter Rick Reuschel then yielded only a single to Cleon Jones in the bottom half.

Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Wayne Garrett singled and advanced to third base on an error by right fielder Morales. Ted Martinez drew a walk. Duffy Dyer reached third on shortstop Kessinger’s error that allowed Garrett and Martinez to come home for a 2-0 Mets lead. Seaver went down on strikes and Don Hahn flied out to Morales to end the inning. Tom hurled a perfect top of the third. Reuschel then gave up only a single to Felix Millan in the bottom half.

Seaver shut down the Cubs again in the top of the fourth. Dyer hit a two-out double in the bottom of the inning. Tom singled to drive home Dyer with the Mets’ third run and Hahn was struck out to finish off the inning. Seaver retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and Millan reached on third baseman Madlock’s error to begin the bottom half. Jones hit a double to send Millan to third base. Staub tripled to score both Millan and Jones, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. John Milner followed with a single that plated Staub with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Reuschel was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Jim Kremmel, who got Garrett to hit a double play grounder to second baseman Billy Grabarkewitz. Kremmel then retired Martinez on a ground ball to Kessinger to close out the inning.

Seaver held the Cubs to a single by Cardenal in the top of the sixth. Dyer singled to open the bottom half. Seaver fouled out to first baseman Andre Thornton and a fly ball by Hahn was caught by left fielder Cardenal. Millan hit a single and Jones flied out to Morales to end the inning. To begin the top of the seventh, Madlock singled and Thornton reached on an error by second baseman Millan. Rick Stelmaszek was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Jones. Seaver got Grabarkewitz to hit a ground ball to third baseman Garrett for an inning-ending double play. Kremmel then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Monday drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Pete LaCock flied out to center field Hahn and a single by Cardenal sent Monday to third base. Morales hit a force play ground ball to Garrett that closed out the inning and Cubs’ reliever Herb Hutson gave up just a single to Dyer in the bottom half. Madlock went down on strikes to lead off the top of the ninth. Thornton took a called third strike. Seaver also threw a called third strike past Stelmaszek for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout to start the doubleheader.