July 7, 1974: Martinez Slays Giants

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Date: July 7, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Ted Martinez, Bob Apodaca
Key play: Martinez’s three-run triple

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ted Martinez drove in four runs to lead the Mets to a 6-0 win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Rusty Staub hit a single against the Giants’ Ron Bryant with two outs in the bottom half. Cleon Jones drew a walk and John Milner singled to drive home Staub. Jerry Grote hit a single to score Jones and a walk to Don Hahn loaded the bases. Bryant was replaced on the mound by reliever Charlie Williams, against whom Martinez hit a triple to plate Milner, Grote and Hahn for a 5-0 Mets lead. After rounding third base on the hit, Martinez was caught in a rundown and tagged out by third baseman Mike Phillips to end the inning.

Seaver and Williams each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Phillips and pinch-hitter Steve Ontiveros drew back-to-back walks with one out. Tito Fuentes hit a ground ball on which second baseman Felix Millan threw to shortstop Martinez for a force out on Ontiveros. Chris Speier grounded back to Seaver for the third out of the inning. San Francisco reliever Mike Caldwell then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Bob Apodaca retired the Giants in order in the top of the sixth. Hahn began the bottom of the inning with a single to left field. Martinez doubled to move Hahn to third base and Apodaca grounded out to Phillips. Caldwell threw a called third strike past Wayne Garrett and got Millan on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Fuentes. Apodaca hurled a perfect top of the seventh and Staub singled to open the bottom half. Jones followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Speier. Caldwell then got Milner to hit a ground ball to first baseman Ed Goodson for a double play that closed out the inning.

Apodaca held the Giants to a single by Speier in a scoreless top of the eighth. With Steve Barber on the mound for San Francisco, Grote reached second base on Phillips’ error to lead off the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch moved Grote to third and Hahn was retired on a ground ball to Fuentes. Martinez hit a single to score Grote with the Mets’ sixth run. Apodaca fouled out to catcher Dave Rader. Barber then retired Garrett on a foul pop-up to Rader to end the inning.

To begin the top of the ninth, Gary Thomasson flied out to center fielder Hahn. An ensuing fly ball by Gary Matthews was caught by left fielder Dave Schneck for the second out of the inning. Apodaca then got Goodson to fly out to Schneck and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing shutout victory.