August 24, 1976: Seaver Shuts Out Giants

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Date: August 24, 1976
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Roy Staiger
Key play: Staiger’s single and sacrifice fly, Giants’ errors

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a two-game series at Candlestick Park. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Bruce Boisclair drew a walk against Giants’ starter Jim Barr to lead off the top of the first inning. Boisclair moved around to third base on Felix Millan’s and John Milner’s consecutive ground outs to third baseman Ken Reitz. Ed Kranepool reached second on right fielder Bobby Murcer’s error that allowed Boisclair to score and put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Barr retired Mike Vail on a fly ball to Murcer for the third out. Seaver then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Jerry Grote doubled with two outs in the top of the fourth. Roy Staiger singled to drive home Grote and was caught stealing on catcher Dave Rader’s throw to second baseman Marty Perez to close out the inning. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half and Bud Harrelson hit a single to begin the top of the fifth. Tom went down on strikes and Harrelson stole second base. Boisclair was struck out and Millan reached on shortstop Chris Speier’s two-base error that brought home Harrelson for a 3-0 Mets lead. Barr retired Milner on an inning-ending ground ball to Speier. Seaver then gave up just a single to Rader in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Vail singled and advanced to third base on a double by Grote. Staiger hit a grounder on which Reitz threw to Rader for an out at home on Vail. Harrelson flied out to left fielder Gary Matthews to end the inning and Seaver retired the Giants in order in the bottom half. Barr gave up just a single to Millan in the top of the seventh. Tom hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Kranepool doubled to open the top of the eight. Ed went to third on Pepe Mangual’s sacrifice bunt and Grote was walked intentionally. Staiger hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Kranepool with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Harrelson drew a walk and Barr fanned Seaver for the inning’s third out. Tom then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

San Francisco reliever Mike Caldwell retired all three batters in the top of the ninth. Gary Thomasson singled to open the bottom of the inning. Perez fouled out to right fielder Mangual and a pop-up by Matthews was caught by second baseman Millan. Seaver then struck out Reitz to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.