September 24, 1983: Seaver's Last Win as a Met
|Date: September 24, 1983|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Brian Giles, Gary Rajsich|
|Key play: Rajsich’s single, Giles’ home run|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played in front of 30,111 fans at Wrigley Field. Tom Seaver recorded his final win as a Mets pitcher in the team’s 7-6 victory.
After a scoreless first inning, Brian Giles got a two-out single off Cubs’ starter Don Schulze in the top of the second. Giles stole second base and came around to score on a single by Junior Ortiz. Schulze walked Jose Oquendo and retired Seaver on a ground ball back to the mound. Tom shut down Chicago in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the third, Danny Heep and George Foster singled with two outs. A wild pitch by Schulze advanced the runners into scoring position. Gary Rajsich followed with a single to left field that brought home Heep and Foster. Giles hit a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Chicago reliever Mike Proly entered the game and hit Ortiz with a pitch. Oquendo then grounded to shortstop Larry Bowa for an inning-ending force play.
Tom Grant opened the bottom of the third with a single to center field. Seaver threw a wild pitch to move Grant to second and issued a walk to Bowa. Pinch-hitter Dan Rohn hit a single to score Grant for the Cubs’ first run. Seaver set down the next three batters to close out the inning. Seaver and Chicago’s Dickie Noles each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Cubs’ reliever Rich Bordi shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Seaver then held Chicago to a single by Mel Hall in a scoreless bottom half.
Foster doubled with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Rajsich flied out to right fielder Grant and a double by Giles scored Foster. Bordi retired Ortiz on a fly ball to Grant and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone hit a grounder to second baseman Giles for a double play that ended the inning. Chicago’s Bill Johnson shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Seaver then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Heep and Foster got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the ninth. Johnson retired Rajsich on a fly ball to left fielder Joe Carter. Giles singled to drive in Heep and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Cubs’ reliever Alan Hargesheimer then fanned Ortiz and got Oquendo on a pop-up to third baseman Ron Cey for the final outs of the inning.
Jody Davis homered off Mets’ reliever Mike Torrez to start the bottom of the ninth. Carter hit a triple and came home on Torrez’s wild pitch. Torrez threw a called third strike past Grant and walked Dave Owen. Pinch-hitter Mike Diaz hit a double to score Owen and cut the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Sandberg drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Torrez was then replaced on the mound by Carlos Diaz.
Bill Buckner went down on strikes for the second out of the inning. Pinch-hitter Gary Woods hit a double to bring home Mike Diaz and Sandberg. Reliever Doug Sisk then came in to pitch and got Cey on a game-ending ground ball to third baseman Hubie Brooks. The Mets had hung on for a victory to give Seaver his last win in orange and blue.