August 30, 1978: Sixteen Hits Rout Giants
|Date: August 30, 1978|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Willie Montanez, Lenny Randle|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s home run, Randle’s triple, Montanez’s home run|
The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams concluded a two-game series at Candlestick Park. The Mets pounded out sixteen hits in a 10-4 win over San Francisco.
Lenny Randle singled off Giants’ starter John Montefusco to open the top of the first inning. With one out, Randle stole second base and came home on a single by Lee Mazzilli. Willie Montanez singled to send Mazzilli to third and stole second. A sacrifice fly by John Stearns scored Mazzilli with the Mets’ second run. Montefusco walked Steve Henderson and retired Elliott Maddox on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Willie McCovey. Mets’ starter Craig Swan then pitched a perfect bottom half.
After a scoreless second inning, the Mets failed to score despite Mazzilli’s single and an error by San Francisco second baseman Bill Madlock in the top of the third. Swan shut down the Giants in the bottom of the inning and Montefusco hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Jack Clark hit a double to left field. McCovey singled to advance Clark to third base and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Larry Herndon. A single by Darrell Evans scored Clark with the first San Francisco run of the game. Terry Whitfield was retired on a line drive to left fielder Henderson. Swan then got Roger Metzger on a pop-up to second baseman Bobby Valentine for the final out of the inning.
Valentine hit a single to lead off the top of the fifth. Mazzilli followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ leads to 4-1. Montefusco set down the next two batters and an error by shortstop Metzger allowed Henderson to reach base. Steve stole second and Maddox hit a fly ball to center fielder Herndon for the third out. Swan then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Doug Flynn began the top of the sixth inning with a single off San Francisco reliever Charlie Williams. Flynn advanced to second base on Swan’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ fifth run on a triple by Randle. Valentine singled to drive home Lenny and moved to third on Mazzilli’s single off reliever John Curtis. Montanez hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 9-1. Stearns doubled and went to third on Henderson’s ground out to Metzger. Curtis got Maddox on a ground ball to Metzger to close out the inning. Swan then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Flynn hit a triple to start the top of the seventh inning. Swan lined out to Madlock and a single by Randle brought home Flynn with the Mets’ tenth run. Valentine was retired on a line drive to left fielder Whitfield and a strikeout of Mazzilli ended the inning. Whitfield doubled and went to third on Metzger’s single to begin the bottom half. John Tamargo hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Whitfield and pinch-hitter Hector Cruz struck out. Swan then retired Madlock on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Mazzilli.
Giants’ reliever Gary Lavelle held the Mets to a single by Stearns and a walk to Maddox in a scoreless top of the eighth. Herndon drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Evans followed with a two-run homer and Whitfield singled to left field. Metzger got an infield single and Swan retired Tamargo on a grounder to first baseman Montanez to end the inning. With one out in the top of the ninth, Randle singled off San Francisco’s Greg Minton for the Mets’ sixteenth hit of the game. Minton then struck out Valentine and got Mazzilli on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Jim Dwyer.
Mets’ reliever Dwight Bernard walked Cruz and pinch-hitter Mike Ivie to begin the bottom of the ninth. Dwyer and Johnnie Lemaster followed with consecutive fly outs to right fielder Maddox. Bernard then retired Herndon on a ground ball to Valentine for the final out of the game. The Mets had an easy victory with a 16-hit attack.