May 19, 2016

Remembering Mets History (1973) Tom Seaver Tosses Two Hitter

May 12, 1973: Yogi Berra's Mets took the field in Pittsburgh against the defending NL East Champion Pirates. Pirate Manager Bill Virdon sent Bob Moose to the mound to face Tom Seaver.

In the top of the 1st, Wayne Garrett singled & got to third on a Felix Millan single. Then Cleon Jones hit into a double play, which scored Garrett. Little did anyone know it would be all the Mets needed on the day.

Tom Seaver would allow a base hit to pitcher Bob Moose in the 3rd inning & a triple to Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in the 7th. Those were the only two hits he gave up on the day, on his way to a two hit shut out. 

It was strange for Seaver, who usually struck out lots of people in a game, but only fanned two Pirates on this day.

In his second Cy Young season, Seaver put in many good performances, but the two hitter on this day was the fewest hits he allowed in a complete game all year. The previous September, Seaver had thrown a two hit shut out in Pittsburgh, beating Nellie Briles 1-0.

In that 1972 season Seaver had also pitched a one hitter, striking out eleven San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium. Up to that point in his Amazing career, Seaver had thrown three two hitters & four one hitters.

In 1973, Seaver won 19 games (19-10) leading the league in strike outs (251) ERA (2.08) & Complete games (18). This game was one of his three shut outs on the year.

Cleon Jones
The Mets gave Seaver a lot of offense on that day, but not until late in the game. In the 8th inning they hit three straight singles, including an RBI hit by Ed Kranepool. Next up short time Met, Jim Gosger doubled bringing home Rusty Staub.

In the 9th Wayne Garrett hit his first of a career high 16 HRs on the season, off Pirate reliever Dave Guisti. After Felix Millan reached on an error, Cleon Jones doubled bringing in  his second RBI on the day. Jones then scored when Gosger reached on an error by Vic Davallio at first base.



Pirates Bob Moose notes: On September 29th 1969, Bob Moose pitched a no hitter against Gary Gentry & the New York Mets. The Mets had already clinched the NL East at that point. 

Moose had his best season in 1969, going 14-3 leading the league in win % (.824%) posting a 2.91 ERA. Moose would win ten games or more over the next five years, as a regular in the Pirate rotation. In his time in Pittsburgh (1967-1976) he was 76-71 with 19 saves & a 3.05 ERA in 289 appearances. He won a World Series (1971) played in five NLCS but never had a post season victory. The Pirates were 0-7 in playoff games where Moose pitched.

In 1976 on his 29th birthday, Bob Moose was killed in an automobile accident.

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