June 17, 1978: Mazzilli and Murray Stifle Giants

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Date: June 17, 1978
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Dale Murray
Key play: Mazzilli’s single and double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Candlestick Park. Lee Mazzilli drove in three runs and Dale Murray pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless relief in a 5-4 Mets win.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Elliott Maddox hit a double to left field. Maddox advanced to third base on Steve Henderson’s ground out to second baseman Bill Madlock and scored on Willie Montanez’s ensuing single. John Stearns singled and Mazzilli hit a single that drove home Montanez. On the play, Stearns came around to score on an error by center fielder Larry Herndon for a 3-0 Mets lead. Tim Foli was retired on a ground ball back to Giants’ starter Bob Knepper to end the inning. For the Mets, Pat Zachry pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, Henderson got a one-out single in the top of the third. Montanez lined out to left fielder Terry Whitfield and a walk to Stearns ensued. Mazzilli doubled to plate Henderson and Stearns, extending the Mets’ lead to five runs. Foli grounded out to Madlock to finish off the inning and Zachry hurled a perfect bottom half. Knepper then set down all three New York batters in the top of the fourth.

Jack Clark reached on an error by shortstop Foli to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. Darrell Evans drew a walk and Mike Ivie singled to load the bases. Herndon followed with a triple that brought home all three runners and cut the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Trying to score on the play, Herndon was out via a throw by third baseman Lenny Randle to catcher Stearns. Marc Hill singled and Johnnie LeMaster flied out to center fielder Mazzilli. Zachry then got pinch-hitter Jim Dwyer on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson that closed out the inning.

Zachry and San Francisco reliever Charlie Williams each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Williams shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh and Zachry issued walks to Lemaster and pinch-hitter Hector Cruz to open the bottom of the inning. Murray came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Madlock on a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third base. Whitfield’s ground out to shortstop Doug Flynn (who had shifted from second to replace Foli) scored LeMaster with the Giants’ fourth run of the game. Murray then got Clark to fly out to right fielder Maddox and end the inning.

San Francisco’ Randy Moffitt yielded only a single to Flynn in a scoreless top of the eighth. Murray held the Giants to a double by Evans in the bottom half and Moffitt shut down the Mets again in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Rob Andrews grounded out to second baseman Joel Youngblood to lead off the bottom of the inning. Cruz was retired on a pop-up to Flynn. Murray then got Madlock to ground out to Flynn and end the game. The Mets had a victory over the National League West Division leaders on Dale’s solid relief.