September 5, 1969: Seaver Wins 20th
|Date: September 5, 1969|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote|
|Key play: Weis's single, Grote's homer|
On a Friday evening, the Mets faced the Phillies in a twi-night doubleheader. In the first game, Tom Seaver pitched a complete game to notch his 20th win of the year. The Mets defeated the Phils, 5-1.
The Phillies scored against Seaver in the second inning on Deron Johnson's triple that brought home Johnny Callison. The Mets came back in the bottom half with three runs off Philadelphia starter Grant Jackson. Two walks and an error loaded the bases before Al Weis singled to score Ron Swoboda. Seaver then hit into a force play on which Jerry Grote scored. On the play, Rod Gaspar came home when Phils' catcher Mike Ryan mishandled Johnson's throw from third base.
Seaver dominated from the third inning to the ninth. Tom retired 21 of the final 23 Phillies hitters, surrendering only a double and a triple to Johnny Briggs. Meanwhile, the Mets scored in the bottom of the eighth on Grote's two-run homer off reliever John Boozer. Seaver struck out Callison and Johnson in the ninth to end the game, making him the first Met pitcher ever to reach the 20-win mark for a season.