August 15, 1975: Webb and Three Homers Bury Giants

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Date: August 15, 1975
Mets starter: Hank Webb
Mets: 9
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Hank Webb
Key player(s): Hank Webb, Rusty Staub, John Stearns, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets and Giants faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After losing the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets were in search of a split in the nightcap. Supported by a trio of home runs, Hank Webb pitched a complete game and hit three singles as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 9-4.

Webb retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Felix Millan singled against Giants’ starter Tom Bradley. Del Unser went down on strikes and Rusty Staub homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. Bradley retired Wayne Garrett on a pop-up to shortstop Craig Robinson for the third out of the inning. Webb then hurled a scoreless top of the second.

Joe Torre drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Mike Phillips lined out to center fielder Von Joshua and two-run homer by John Stearns followed. Webb singled and Gene Clines hit a force play ground ball to Robinson. Millan flied out to Joshua to end the inning and Webb set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Bradley then retired all three Mets hitters in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Dave Rader got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Steve Ontiveros singled and an ensuing single by pinch-hitter Glenn Adams brought home Rader. Pinch-hitter Bruce Miller was struck out. Joshua doubled to score Ontiveros and Adams, cutting the Mets’ lead to 4-3. On his own hit, Joshua was out at third via a relay throw by second baseman Millan to third baseman Garrett to finish off the inning.

Webb singled against San Francisco reliever Mike Caldwell to begin the bottom of the fifth. Clines flied out to right fielder Gary Thomasson and a single by Millan ensued. Unser reached on an error by first baseman Willie Montanez to load the bases and Staub’s ground out to second baseman Derrel Thomas plated Webb. Garrett followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Torre hit a single on which he was caught at second via Thomas’s throw to shortstop Miller for the inning’s final out. Webb then shut down the Giants in the top of the sixth.

Stearns drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning. Webb got a bunt single for his third hit of the game. Clines singled to drive home Stearns for the Mets’ ninth run and Millan was retired on a grounder back to Caldwell. Unser grounded out to Thomas to end the inning and Webb pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. The Mets then failed to score against Giants’ reliever Dave Heaverlo despite singles by Torre and Phillips in the bottom half.

Webb and Heaverlo each retired the side in order in the eighth inning. Hank got Thomasson to fly out to center fielder Unser to start the top of the ninth. Gary Matthews hit a home run and Montanez grounded out to Millan. Rader followed with a single to right field. Webb then got Marc Hill to hit a force play grounder to Garrett that ended the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.