July 13, 1979: Hassler and Murray Stifle Giants for Sweep
|Date: July 13, 1979|
|Mets starter: Andy Hassler|
|Winning pitcher: Andy Hassler|
|Key player(s): Andy Hassler, Dale Murray, Steve Henderson, Frank Taveras|
|Key play: Henderson’s triple, Elliott Maddox’s single, Taveras’s triple|
The Mets and Giants faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. Andy Hassler and Dale Murray combined on a seven-hitter as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 5-2.
Hassler and the Giants’ Ed Halicki each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Leading off the top of the fourth, Jack Clark homered for a 1-0 San Francisco lead. Willie McCovey was called out on strikes and Mike Ivie singled to left field. Marc Hill grounded out to first baseman Willie Montanez and a single by Johnnie LeMaster scored Ivie with the Giants’ second run. Roger Metzger singled to advance LeMaster to third base. On an attempted double steal, LeMaster was out at home via a throw by second baseman Joel Youngblood to catcher Alex Trevino to end the inning.
Youngblood hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth. Joel moved to third base on Frank Taveras’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lee Mazzilli. Richie Hebner singled and came home on a triple by Steve Henderson to tie the game. Montanez was given an intentional walk and Elliott Maddox singled to bring home Henderson for a 3-2 Mets lead. Trevino then grounded back to Halicki for the inning’s final out.
Hassler shut down the Giants in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Taveras hit a single and stole second base. Mazzilli drew a walk and San Francisco reliever Phil Nastu retired Hebner on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Bill North. Hill got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. LeMaster followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Taveras. With Metzger at bat, LeMaster was caught stealing on Trevino’s throw to Taveras for the third out of the inning. Nastu held the Mets to a single by Henderson in the bottom half. Andy then yielded just a double to pinch-hitter Larry Herndon in the top of the seventh.
Trevino drew a walk against San Francisco reliever Greg Minton to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop LeMaster. Youngblood hit a force play grounder to third baseman Ivie and advanced to second base via an error by first baseman McCovey on a pickoff attempt. Taveras hit a triple to score Youngblood and came home with the Mets’ fifth run on center fielder Herndon’s error. Minton then got Mazzilli on a fly ball to Herndon that ended the inning.
Murray set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Minton pitched a perfect bottom half and Hill grounded out to Montanez to lead off the top of the ninth. LeMaster singled for the seventh San Francisco hit and Metzger followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Doug Flynn. Murray then retired Herndon on a fly ball to right fielder Maddox for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.