Jul 4, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1972- Seaver Tosses Another One Hitter

July 4, 1972: It was an old fashioned 4th of July afternoon double header at Shea. Tom Seaver going against San Diego's Clay Kirby. Seaver was terrefic, throwing another career one hit masterpiece. He shut down Don Zimmer’s San Diego Padres 2-0, while striking out 11 and walking four. No Padre got past second base.
Seaver carried the no hitter into the ninth inning, the first batter, Dave Roberts grounded out to second for the first out. The crowd held their breath for two more. But Leron Lee spoiled the no hit bid with a base hit to centerfield. The next batter was slugger Nate Colbert, he grounded into a double play to end the game. The win brought Seaver to 11-4 with a 3.04 ERA. He would finish 1972; 21-12 with a 2.92 ERA & 249 strikeouts. The Mets were now within one game of first place.

All the Met scoring came in the 3rd inning. Bud Harrelson singled and stole second. Then Clay Kirby walked four straight batters (Wayne Garrett, John Milner, Jim Fregosi & Ed Kranepool) giving the Mets the only two runs they needed.

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