FROM MY GOOD FRIEND STEVEN SHARP:
Friday night, June 16, 1978
Cincinnati Reds versus St. Louis Cardinals
"Tom Seaver Pitches No-Hitter, Reds Defeat Cardinals, 4-0"
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Tom Seaver pitched his only MLB no-hitter, leading the Reds to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Seaver issued three bases on balls and struck out three batters. Future Reds pitcher John Denny started for the Cardinals and took the loss. Both pitchers held the opposition hitless through the first four innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Pete Rose doubled home two runs for Reds and later scored in the inning. Dan Driessen hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. That was more than enough for Seaver. Seaver (8-4) picked up the win in his seventh consecutive start. It was the third straight complete game for Seaver. Seaver struck out twice, but walked once, in his three plate appearances.
Don Werner was the catcher for Seaver. Werner started at catcher for the Reds for the nineteenth consecutive game. It was the eighteenth consecutive Reds game in which Werner had caught every inning. Werner was filling in for Johnny Bench, who had missed most of the prior three weeks with a back injury.
Pete Rose went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to two games. Rose's modest hitting streak would eventually reach 44 games.
Ray Knight entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement for Rose at third base. Knight had an impact right away, making a great defensive play on a chopper hit by the first Cardinals batter (Jerry Morales) that came to plate after Knight had entered the game.
Ken Griffey was leading the National League in batting average and in hits at the time of this game.
The night before this game (on June 15, 1978), the Reds played an exhibition game at their AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians. The Reds won that game, 8-5. Marty Brennaman made at least one reference to that exhibition game during the Seaver no-hitter game.
The Reds acquired Tom Seaver 366 days earlier (June 15, 1977) in a trade deadline deal with the New York Mets.
Seaver's no-hitter was the first no-hitter pitched by a Reds pitcher since Jim Maloney, who pitched a no-hitter against the Houston Astros at Crosley Field on April 30, 1969.