September 27, 1969: Seaver Blanks Phils for 25th Win
|Date: September 27, 1969|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Bobby Pfeil|
|Key play: Pfeil’s single in 8th|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Tom Seaver pitched a three-hit shutout for his 25th win of the season in a 1-0 Mets victory over the Phils.
Philadelphia starter Grant Jackson gave up only a triple to Amos Otis in the top of the first inning. Seaver retired the side in order in the bottom half and Jackson pitched a perfect top of the second. Tom set down all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom of the inning and Jackson surrendered just a walk to Cleon Jones in the top of the third. Dave Watkins singled to open the bottom half. Don Money flied out to center fielder Otis and a sacrifice bunt by Jackson advanced Watkins to second base. Johnny Briggs drew a walk and Tony Taylor hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Bobby Pfeil for the inning’s third out.
Ron Swoboda drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fourth. Pfeil singled and Duffy Dyer grounded out to third baseman Deron Johnson to end the inning. Seaver pitched a scoreless bottom half and Jones hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Bob Heise drew a walk and Otis followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Money that closed out the inning. Seaver yielded only a bunt single to Watkins in the bottom half and Jackson set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Tom then retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
Jackson gave up just a single to Dyer in the top of the seventh. Seaver held the Phils to a single by Johnson in the bottom half and Donn Clendenon singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Swoboda drew a walk and advanced to third base on Pfeil’s single that scored Clendenon with the game’s first run. Jackson struck out Dyer to end the inning. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Jones and Heise got back-to-back singles against Philadelphia reliever Jeff James with two outs in the top of the ninth. James got Otis on a force play grounder to third baseman Rick Joseph to close out the inning and Taylor popped out to second baseman Al Weis to lead off the bottom half. Johnny Callison was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Clendenon. Seaver then got Dick Allen to ground out to Pfeil and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory for Tom’s 25th win of the year.