August 5, 1977: Randle's Double in 8th Defeats Giants

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Date: August 5, 1977
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Bob Myrick
Key player(s): Lenny Randle, Doug Flynn
Key play: Randle’s double in 8th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. Lenny Randle drove in a run with an eighth-inning double to give the Mets a 3-2 win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Craig Swan pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Felix Millan singled against the Giants’ Lynn McGlothen with one out in the bottom half. Steve Henderson hit a single and John Milner drew a walk that loaded the bases. Mike Vail singled to drive home Millan and put the Mets ahead by a run. McGlothen then retired John Stearns on a pop-up to third baseman Bill Madlock and got Lee Mazzilli on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Swan and McGlothen each hurled scoreless and hitless ball in the second and third innings. Madlock got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Derrel Thomas popped out to first baseman Milner and a single by Darrell Evans ensued. Gary Thomasson doubled to score Madlock and an intentional walk to Willie McCovey loaded the bases. Vic Harris drew a walk to force home Evans for a 2-1 San Francisco lead. Tim Foli followed with a grounder on which third baseman Randle threw to catcher Stearns for an out at home on Thomasson. Swan struck out Gary Alexander to close out the inning. McGlothen then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Swan held the Giants to a triple by Thomas in the top of the fifth inning. To begin the bottom half, Craig singled to left field and Randle lined out to center fielder Thomas. Millan hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Foli and advanced to third base on a double by Henderson. Milner was given an intentional walk to load the bases and McGlothen got Vail on an inning-ending grounder to Madlock. Swan then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth.

Mazzilli hit a one-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning. Doug Flynn singled to bring home Mazzilli with the tying run and moved to second base on Swan’s sacrifice bunt. Randle drew a walk and San Francisco reliever Charlie Williams retired Millan on a fly ball to right fielder Thomasson to finish off the inning. Swan hurled a perfect top of the seventh. For the Giants, reliever Gary Lavelle set down all three batters in the bottom half.

Madlock hit a single to begin the top of the eighth. Thomas’s sacrifice bunt advanced Madlock to second base and Mets’ reliever Bob Myrick retired Evans on a ground ball to Milner. Myrick got Thomasson on a pop-up to shortstop Flynn to end the inning and Doug singled with two outs in the bottom half. Joel Youngblood hit a single and Randle doubled to score Flynn with the go-ahead run. Lavelle then retired Millan on a grounder to second baseman Harris that closed out the inning.

McCovey grounded out to second baseman Millan to open the top of the ninth. Harris was called out on strikes and Foli singled to left field. Myrick then threw a called third strike past Alexander to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.