On April 22, 1970, New York Mets ace Tom Seaver ties a major league record by striking out 19 batters in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. Seaver also strikes out the last 10 batters he faces, setting another big-league mark.

Seaver tied Steve Carlton’s major league record. Earlier in the day, Seaver was officially presented with the 1969 National League Cy Young Award.

Seaver’s top victims on the day – Cito Gaston, Van Kelley, and Jerry Morales 3 times each. Cito will go on to have his only great year hitting .318 for the Padres with 29 HR but his 142 strikeouts were probably an indication it may not last.  

 

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New York Mets 2, San Diego Padres 1

SABR Article

Game Played on Wednesday, April 22, 1970 (D) at Shea Stadium

SD  N    0  1  0    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   1  2  0
NY  N    1  0  1    0  0  0    0  0  x  -   2  4  0

BOX+PBP
WP: Seaver (3-0)
LP: Corkins (0-2)
HR: Ferrara (1)

Play by Play

 

PADRES 1ST: Arcia flied to center; Kelly was called out on
strikes; Gaston struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 0,
Mets 0.

METS 1ST: Agee struck out; Harrelson singled to left; Boswell
doubled to left [Harrelson scored]; Jones lined to second;
Shamsky popped to shortstop; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Padres 0,
Mets 1.

PADRES 2ND: Ferrara homered; Colbert popped to first in foul
territory; Campbell lined to left; Morales struck out; 1 R, 1 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 1.

METS 2ND: Foy walked; Kranepool popped to second; Grote lined to
right; Seaver grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 1.

PADRES 3RD: Barton walked; Corkins was called out on strikes;
Arcia popped to second; Kelly was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 1.

METS 3RD: Agee singled; Harrelson tripled to right [Agee
scored]; Boswell grounded out (shortstop to first); Jones struck
out; Shamsky was walked intentionally; Foy flied to right; 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 4TH: Gaston was called out on strikes; Ferrara walked;
Colbert flied to center; Campbell singled to left [Ferrara to
second]; Morales was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2
LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

METS 4TH: Kranepool grounded out (first to pitcher); Grote
grounded out (shortstop to first); Seaver struck out; 0 R, 0 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 5TH: Barton struck out; Corkins was called out on
strikes; Arcia grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

METS 5TH: Agee walked; Agee stole second; Harrelson flied to
right; Boswell flied to right; Jones flied to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 6TH: Kelly popped to catcher in foul territory; Gaston
flied to right; Ferrara was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

METS 6TH: Shamsky grounded out (second to first); Foy grounded
out (second to first); Kranepool walked; Grote was called out on
strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 7TH: Colbert struck out; Campbell was called out on
strikes; Morales was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

METS 7TH: Seaver grounded out (second to first); Agee struck
out; Harrelson walked; Harrelson was caught stealing second
(catcher to shortstop); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 8TH: Barton was called out on strikes; WEBSTER BATTED FOR
CORKINS; Webster struck out; MURRELL BATTED FOR ARCIA; Murrell
struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

METS 8TH: ROBERTS REPLACED MURRELL (PITCHING); SLOCUM REPLACED
WEBSTER (PLAYING SS); Boswell was called out on strikes; Jones
was called out on strikes; SWOBODA BATTED FOR SHAMSKY; Swoboda
popped to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1, Mets 2.

PADRES 9TH: SWOBODA STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); Kelly struck
out; Gaston was called out on strikes; Ferrara struck out;
Tom Seaver: 136 pitches; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Padres 1,
Mets 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Padres           1   2   0    3
 Mets             2   4   0    6