After two days off, the Mets hosted the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium, opening up a two-game series. Tom Seaver started the game for the Mets, but fell victim late in the game to the home run ball, as Ross Grimsley and the Reds defeated New York by a final score of 6-1.
The Reds opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth-inning, as Dave Concepcion doubled to drive in Tony Perez after Seaver walked Perez. However, the Mets quickly came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth-inning when Ted Martinez hit an RBI single, scoring Bud Harrelson. In the inning that followed, Johnny Bench took Seaver deep to help the Reds retake a 2-1 lead. In the seventh-inning, the biggest blow came off the bat of Pete Rose as he connected on a two-run homer after the Grimsley singled off of Seaver.
After Seaver got out of the seventh-inning, manager Yogi Berra called on George Theodore to pinch hit for Seaver, signaling the end of his day. Seaver ended up allowing four earned runs on four hits, including a pair of homers in seven innings of work. Reliever Ray Sadecki came on in relief to pinch the final two innings, but allowed a two-run homer to Concepcion in the top of the ninth to put the game away.
Here’s a look at the boxscore and starting lineups from the game:
|Cincinnati Reds||New York Mets|
|Pete Rose LF||Ted Martinez LF|
|Joe Morgan 2B||Felix Millan 2B|
|Bobby Tolan CF||Willie Mays CF|
|Johnny Bench C||Rusty Staub RF|
|Tony Perez 1B||Jim Beauchamp 1B|
|Joe Hague RF||Jim Fregosi 3B|
|Dave Concepcion SS||Jerry Grote C|
|Denis Menke 3B||Bud Harrelson SS|
|Ross Grimsley P||Tom Seaver P|