Interim Manager Roy McMillan's third place Mets (72-64) were just four games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (75-59).
Danny Murtaugh's Pirates were at Shea this evening, as 45,991 fans filled up Shea Stadium to see Pittsburgh's John Candeleria (7-4) go up against that Years Cy Young Award winner; Tom Seaver. Seaver was going for his 20th victory & going after yet another strike out record.
MLB Record: Tonight Tom Seaver would strike out ten Pirates, putting him over the 200 strike out mark for the eighth straight season. A feat no other pitcher had done before.
In the 1975 season Seaver would once again lead the league in strikeouts with 243. It was the fouth time he topped the National League in strike outs, doing it in 1970, 1971, 1973 & 1975. He would do it one final time the following season in 1976.
He pitched 15 complete games (3rd in the NL) & toss five shut outs (4th in the NL). These number won Tom Terific his Third Cy Young Award (1969-1973-1975).
Seaver would win the Player of the Week Award this week, his second Player of the Week Award of the Year. He had also won Pitcher of the Month in June of 1975.
|Pittsburgh Pirates||New York Mets|
|1||Rennie Stennett||2B||1||Gene Clines||CF|
|2||Ed Kirkpatrick||LF||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Al Oliver||CF||3||Mike Vail||LF|
|4||Willie Stargell||1B||4||Rusty Staub||RF|
|5||Dave Parker||RF||5||Dave Kingman||1B|
|6||Richie Hebner||3B||6||Joe Torre||3B|
|7||Manny Sanguillen||C||7||Jerry Grote||C|
|8||Frank Taveras||SS||8||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|9||John Candelaria||P||9||Tom Seaver||P|
Seaver was spectacular on this night, as he pitched the complete game four hit shut out. He gave up just one walk while striking out ten. From the 6th inning on, he notched six of the ten strike outs. It was the second straight game he struck out ten batters & the third time on the year he went into double figures in strike outs.
In the home 1st, the Mets gave him support quickly. Rookie Mike Vail hit his first career HR, putting the Mets up 1-0. Later in the 6th, Felix Millan led off with a single and scored on a Rusty Staub double. Joe Torre then drove home Staub with a base hit, to seal the Mets 3-0 win.