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Seaver Outduels Guidry As Mets Even Series



By Mike Silva ~ October 27th, 2008. Filed under: 1969 Mets vs. 1978 Yankees.

Tom Seaver was sure he was about to face a runner on third with no out situation. Mickey Rivers knew he could make it to third standing up. All Ron Swoboda knew was that he had to find a way to catch the long fly ball in the alley. The final result was a circus catch that may have save the game, and the series, for the New York Mets. Two hard outs later, the 69’ Mets would be victorious 1-0 over the 78’ Yankees. The win evened up the best of 7 series two games apiece.

It would be the second match up between the two Cy Young Award winners. Seaver admitted after Game 1 that he was “off his game” during the 3-1 Yankees win. He couldn’t be more “on his game” tonight as he went the distance allowing only 2 hits. “I had all my pitches going. I felt like I could locate when and where I wanted” said Seaver. There would be nary a rally against Seaver as the Yankees would only get one runner to second base.

Ron Guidry was equally as dominant striking out seven over the first six innings. Only a harmless single by Don Clendenon, leading off the fifth inning, kept Guidry from working on a no-hitter into the seventh. That was when wildness or, according to Guidry, home plate umpire Bill Kunkel squeezed the “Louisiana Lighting”. The Mets would draw three walks in the inning and take the lead on a Jerry Grote sacrifice fly. An angry Guidry told reporters after the game that the “strike zone shrunk in the seventh inning”. Bob Lemon wouldn’t say much, he just told reporters to “look at the tape and see for yourself”.

With all that it took Ron Swoboda, who had another great catch earlier in the game, to seal the victory. When asked about the catch Swoboda just laughed and said it was “no big deal” and that he knew “he had it all the way”. “I can’t believe we didn’t score in the ninth inning with the way we hit the ball”, said Bob Lemon. Lemon went on to say that he thought Rivers ball “was going to leave the yard” and that only an “invisible hand” swatted down Roy White’s drive to right a batter later.

If the game wasn’t dramatic enough, Gil Hodges announced his Game 5 starter to be 22 year old Nolan Ryan. He will be opposed by Jim Beattie. Many thought veteran Don Cardwell would take the ball, but Hodges said he felt Ryan was better suited to navigate the powerful Yankees lineup. Over in the Yankees clubhouse the buzz was around Reggie Jackson’s locker. He was peppered with questions about coming off the bench in Game 4. Jackson, now 0 for 10 with six strikeouts in the series, was clearly annoyed at the benching. “When you bench your slugger you shouldn’t be surprised you get only two hits”. It wouldn’t be a Subway Series, or the 78’ Yankees, without some off the field drama.

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1 Response to Seaver Outduels Guidry As Mets Even Series

  1. Jessie

    baseball sports…

    I really wanted to comment on this and let you know my feelings….

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