June 13, 1976: Seaver Leads Mets to DH Sweep
|Date: June 13, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote, Del Unser, Ed Kranepool|
|Key play: Mets’ three doubles|
The Mets and Giants played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game of the twinbill at Candlestick Park. Tom Seaver led the way with eight scoreless innings pitched in a 4-1 Mets victory over San Francisco.
Following a scoreless first, Del Unser drew a one-out walk against Giants’ starter Jim Barr in the top of the second. Wayne Garrett was called out on strikes and Jerry Grote doubled to drive home Unser. Barr retired Seaver on a fly ball to left fielder Gary Matthews to end the inning and Tom set down the side in order in the bottom half. Barr shut down the Mets from the third inning to the fifth. Seaver answered by retiring all nine San Francisco batters in the bottom halves.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Dave Kingman singled and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by Ed Kranepool. Unser doubled to score Kingman and send Kranepool to third. Garrett was walked intentionally to load the bases and Grote hit a sacrifice fly to plate Kranepool for a 3-0 Mets lead. Seaver grounded back to Barr for the inning’s third out and held the Giants to a single by Dave Rader in the bottom half. San Francisco reliever Mike Caldwell pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Seaver then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Kranepool hit a double with one out in the top of the eighth. Ed moved to third base on Unser’s infield single and scored the Mets’ fourth run on a single by Garrett. Caldwell got Grote on a force play ground ball to shortstop Chris Speier and threw a called third strike past Seaver to end the inning. Tom set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Caldwell then retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.
Seaver retired pinch-hitter Glenn Adams on a grounder to first baseman Kranepool to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Larry Herndon popped out to catcher Grote. Derrel Thomas singled and moved to third base on a single by Bobby Murcer. Gary Matthews singled to drive home Thomas and end Seaver’s bid for a shutout. Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood then came in to pitch and got Willie Montanez on a game-ending ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.