Coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat against Pittsburgh, the New York Mets got back into the win column behind Tom Seaver, as the staff ace went the distance to lead the Mets to a 5-2 victory. Although Seaver surrendered a two-run homer to Willie Stargell in the bottom of the first inning, Seaver never looked back as he went on to pitch a complete-game, while never allowing another run and striking out a total of six batters.
June 18, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Tom Seaver in the dugout before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, when Ed Kranepool hit a two-run double off Pirates starter Bob Moose to bring home Felix Millan and John Milner. After Stargell’s homer tied the game, Kranepool came up big again in his very next at-bat in the third inning, in which he doubled to give the Mets an early 3-2 lead.
The Mets scored again in the fifth-inning, when catcher Ron Hodges singled to center field to plate Kranepool. The very next batter, Ted Martinez hit a fielder’s choice to shortstop, which allowed Wayne Garrett to score the Mets second run of the inning. At this point, the score was 5-2. This proved to be more than plenty of run support for Seaver, who struck out pinch-hitter Milt May to end the game and record his ninth victory of the season.