Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22, 1970:Tom Terrific Fans 19

   On April 22, 1970, in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium in New York, Mets righty Tom Seaver struck out 19 men matching a record that had been set by Steve Carlton when he was a member of the Cardinals. Before the game Seaver received the Cy Young award for the 1969 season, then proceeded to go out and add another spectacular performance to his resume. Seaver allowed only two hits and a fourth inning walk in the contest. Ken Boswell put the Mets on top with an RBI in the first before the Friars picked up their lone run of the day with a home run off the bat of Al Ferrara in the second. The Mets responded quickly by taking the lead in the fourth on an RBI from Bud Harrelson and the rest of the game was all Tom Seaver. The hurler fanned the last 10 Padres batters he faced which set another record for consecutive Ks. While the strikeouts in a game record has been surpassed, no man has yet to match Seaver's 10 strikeouts in a row. 

If you would like to read an article about the historic performance that was published the following day check this out: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o2BGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AugMAAAAIBAJ&pg=714%2C5080338 

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