July 27, 1977: Mets Complete Two-Game Sweep of Giants
|Date: July 27, 1977|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack|
|Key player(s): Steve Henderson, Felix Millan, Skip Lockwood|
|Key play: Mets’ three runs in 3rd, Lockwood’s three perfect innings|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a two-game series. The Mets concluded a series sweep with a 7-4 win.
After a scoreless first inning, Doug Flynn hit a two-out triple in the top of the second. Jon Matlack drew a walk and Lenny Randle hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Rob Andrews that ended the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Jack Clark hit a triple to center field. Gary Thomasson followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Clark with the first run of the game. Randy Elliott popped out to second baseman Felix Millan. Matlack then retired Tim Foli on a fly ball to left fielder Steve Henderson for the inning’s final out.
Millan singled to begin the top of the third. Giants’ starter Bob Knepper threw a wild pitch before issuing a walk to Henderson. John Stearns drew a walk to load the bases and John Milner hit a single to score Millan. A sacrifice fly by Mike Vail plated Henderson and moved Stearns to third base. Lee Mazzilli singled to score Stearns for a 3-1 Mets lead. Knepper was replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Charlie Williams, who recorded outs on the next two batters to finish off the inning. Matlack then shut down the Giants in the bottom half.
Randle singled against San Francisco reliever Dave Heaverlo to open the top of the fourth inning. Lenny stole second base and Millan’s ground out to first baseman Thomasson advanced pinch-runner Joel Youngblood to third. Henderson hit a triple to drive home Youngblood. Stearns followed with a double to score Henderson and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Milner was given an intentional walk and Vail grounded back to Heaverlo. Mazzilli was walked intentionally to load the bases and Heaverlo got Flynn to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Vic Harris. Matlack then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless fifth, Giants’ reliever Randy Moffitt yielded only a single to Stearns in the top of the sixth. Andrews drew a walk against the Mets’ Paul Siebert to begin the bottom of the inning. Derrel Thomas popped out to shortstop Flynn and consecutive walks to Harris and Clark loaded the bases. With Thomasson at bat, Andrews came home on catcher Stearns’ passed ball. Siebert fanned Thomasson and gave up a double to Elliott that drove home Harris and Clark, cutting the New York lead to 5-4. Rick Baldwin then came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Foli on a grounder to third baseman Youngblood to close out the inning.
Flynn hit a single to lead off the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Bruce Boisclair flied out to center fielder Thomas and a single by Youngblood ensued. Millan fouled out to right fielder Clark and a single by Henderson brought home Flynn. Moffitt got Stearns on a line drive to Thomas for the inning’s final out. Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Milner singled against San Francisco’s Gary Lavelle to open the top of the eighth inning. Vail singled to advance Milner to third base and Mazzilli was called out on strikes. Flynn was walked intentionally to load the bases and Lockwood hit an inning-ending double play ground ball to shortstop Foli. Skip retired the Giants on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the ninth, Millan homered for the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Lavelle then got Henderson to foul out to Clark and retired Stearns on a grounder to Thomasson to end the inning.
Thomasson popped out to Youngblood to start the bottom of the ninth. Elliott was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Mazzilli. Lockwood then got Foli to ground out to Flynn and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the two-game set.