September 13, 1976: Seaver Fans 12, Blanks Bucs
|Date: September 13, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bud Harrelson, Felix Millan|
|Key play: Harrelson’s and Millan’s singles in 7th|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Tom Seaver recorded twelve strikeouts in a 5-0 Mets win over the Bucs.
Pirates’ starter Larry Demery shut down the Mets in the top of the first inning. Seaver struck out the side in order in the bottom half and Demery surrendered just a walk to John Stearns in the top of the second. Tom fanned Dave Parker during a perfect bottom of the inning and Bud Harrelson singled to open the top of the third. Seaver’s sacrifice bunt advanced Harrelson to second base. Bruce Boisclair followed with a single on which Harrelson was out at home via a throw by center fielder Omar Moreno to catcher Manny Sanguillen. Demery retired Felix Millan on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Richie Zisk. Seaver then gave up just a single to pinch-hitter Duffy Dyer in the bottom half.
Demery yielded only a double to Ed Kranepool in the top of the fourth. Seaver struck out Willie Stargell to end a perfect bottom of the inning and Demery issued just a walk to Harrelson in the top of the fifth. Seaver threw a called third strike past Parker to begin the bottom half. Richie Hebner and Rennie Stennett hit back-to-back singles and Dyer drew a walk that loaded the bases. Tom got Demery on a called third strike and retired Frank Taveras on a line drive to right fielder Dave Kingman to end the inning. Demery hurled a scoreless top of the sixth and Stargell hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Seaver then fanned Parker to close out the inning.
Kranepool got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Stearns doubled and Roy Staiger was walked intentionally to load the bases. Harrelson hit a single to bring home Kranepool with the first run of the game. Seaver followed with a ground ball on which Demery threw to catcher Dyer for an out at home on Stearns. Boisclair singled to score Staiger and send Harrelson to third base. On the play, Bruce went to second as Seaver got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by shortstop Taveras. Millan followed with a single that plated Harrelson and Boisclair for a 4-0 Mets lead. John Milner doubled against Pittsburgh reliever Dave Giusti to drive home Millan with the fifth New York run. Giusti struck out Kingman to finish off the inning and Dyer hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Seaver then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Ed Kirkpatrick for the inning’s final out.
Pirates’ reliever Doug Bair (in his major league debut) set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Seaver struck out Moreno and Zisk in a perfect bottom half and Bair retired all three Mets batters once again in the top of the ninth. Stargell went down on strikes (the 12th K for Seaver) to begin the bottom of the inning. Parker was retired on a ground ball back to Seaver. Tom then got Hebner to fly out to center fielder Boisclair and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s impressive shutout.