September 18, 1969: Seaver and Kranepool Put Away Expos

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Date: September 18, 1969
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool’s single and home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night in Montreal. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout and Ed Kranepool drove in a pair of runs for a 2-0 Mets win.

Tommie Agee drew a one-out walk against Expos’ starter Bill Stoneman in the top of the first inning. Art Shamsky hit a single and Ken Boswell was called out on strikes. Kranepool followed with a single to score Agee for a 1-0 Mets lead. Stoneman retired Ron Swoboda on a fly ball to center fielder Ty Cline for the third out. Seaver then surrendered only a walk to Cline in the bottom half.

Stoneman set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Shamsky walked with two outs in the top of the third. Boswell hit a single and Kranepool grounded back to Stoneman for the final out of the inning. John Bateman and Bobby Wine got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. Stoneman went down on strikes and Cline was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Agee. Gary Sutherland flied out to left fielder Shamsky to end the inning and Stoneman retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Seaver set down all three Montreal batters in the bottom half and Stoneman gave up just a walk to Wayne Garrett in the top of the fifth. Tom then held the Expos to a walk to Wine in the bottom of the inning.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Kranepool homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Swoboda hit a single and Jerry Grote grounded to second baseman Sutherland for an inning-ending double play. Rusty Staub singled with two outs in the bottom half. Ron Fairly drew a walk and Mack Jones went down on strikes to close out the inning. Stoneman hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Seaver then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Shamsky got a one-out single against Stoneman in the top of the eighth. Boswell singled off Montreal reliever Dan McGinn to advance pinch-runner Amos Otis to second base. Pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon walked to load the bases and Swoboda was struck out. McGinn retired Grote on a ground ball to shortstop Wine that closed out the inning and Seaver yielded only a single to Sutherland in the bottom half. Expos’ reliever Jerry Robertson then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Fairly was retired on a fly ball to Agee to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Jones hit a single and Coco Laboy lined out to right fielder Swoboda. Seaver then got Bateman to ground out to second baseman Garrett and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.