Aug 30, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1969- Seaver Wins 19th at Candelstick Park

August 31, 1969: Tom Seaver was Tom Terrific again tonight as he won his 19th of the season and the Mets coasted to an 8-0 victory at Candelstick Park. Seaver had some trouble early on; in the 2nd Willie McCovey tripled down the line, he walked Bobby Bonds & he stole second. Seaver bore down and struck out Dave Marshall & Jack Hiatt (looking) then got Hal Lanier to pop out.

In the 3rd Ken Henderson singled, then Seaver pelted Ron Hunt in the helmet and knocked him out of the game, he walked another but got out of it without any damage retiring Bonds on a fly ball.

The Mets broke out in the 4th inning, with the bases loaded Ron Swoboda doubled home two runs, Jerry Grote & Tom Seaver singled home three more. Later in the Met 5th, a walk, an error & single led to Al Weiss' bases loaded single scoring two runs & a Bud Harrelson single scoring another.

The Mets rolled along, but there was some drama in the 7th as Giants pitcher hit Seaver in the arm, retaliation for plunking Hunt earlier. All part of the real game in 1969 my friends. Seaver finished the complete game shutout striking out 11 for win #19 and putting the Mets 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

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