September 25, 1968: Seaver Blanks Braves on Three Hits

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Date: September 25, 1968
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bob Heise, Cleon Jones, Art Shamsky
Key play: Heise’s and Shamsky’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Braves’ starter Milt Pappas gave up only a double to Cleon Jones in the top of the first inning. Felix Millan got a one-out single in the bottom half. Millan stole second base and Hank Aaron popped out to third baseman Ed Charles. Tito Francona singled to send Millan to third and stole second. Seaver then struck out Mike Lum to end the inning.

J. C. Martin hit a single to open the top of the second. Ron Swoboda singled and Tommie Agee followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Millan. Bob Heise singled to score Martin for a 1-0 Mets lead. Seaver hit a single and Pappas retired Ken Boswell on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Felipe Alou. Tom then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Jones doubled to begin the top of the third. Cleon moved to third base on Shamsky’s ground out to Millan and came home on a sacrifice fly by Charles. Martin grounded out to Millan to finish off the inning and Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half. Pappas yielded just a single to Agee in the top of the fourth and Tom set down all three Atlanta batters in the bottom of the inning. Shamsky hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Art advanced around to third on a pair of wild pitches and Charles was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Francona. Seaver then set down the side 1-2-3 again in the bottom half.

Pappas held the Mets to a single by Swoboda in the top of the sixth. Seaver pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Atlanta reliever Claude Raymond retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. Tom hurled a perfect bottom half and Jones got a leadoff single in the top of the eighth. On his own hit, Cleon went all the way to third base on errors by shortstop Sonny Jackson and catcher Walt Hriniak. Shamsky singled to bring home Jones with the Mets’ third run of the game. Charles grounded to third baseman Marty Martinez for a double play and Raymond struck out Martin to end the inning. Hriniak singled for the Braves’ third hit to begin the bottom half. Jackson hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Boswell. Seaver then retired Martinez on a grounder to Boswell for the inning’s third out.

Raymond gave up only a single to Agee in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Tommie Aaron popped out to shortstop Heise to lead off the bottom half. Alou was retired on a ground ball to Heise. Seaver then threw a called third strike past Millan to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.