May 13, 1972: Capra Stifles Giants

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Date: May 13, 1972
Mets starter: Buzz Capra
Mets: 1
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Buzz Capra
Key player(s): Buzz Capra, Cleon Jones, Tug McGraw
Key play: Capra’s single in 2nd

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and 14-minute game in front of 35,780 fans on hand. Buzz Capra pitched eight shutout innings and had a run-scoring single for his first major league hit to give the Mets a 1-0 win over San Francisco.

Capra struck out the side in order in the top of the first inning. Giants’ starter Juan Marichal pitched a scoreless bottom half and Capra shut down San Francisco despite a leadoff walk to Dave Kingman in the top of the second. Cleon Jones singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Ken Boswell flied out to right fielder Bobby Bonds and a strikeout of Ed Kranepool followed. Duffy Dyer got an infield single to move Jones to second base. Capra singled to left field to drive home Cleon. Marichal then retired Bud Harrelson on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ken Henderson.

Marichal and Chris Speier got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the third. Tito Fuentes hit a grounder back to Capra for double play to close out the inning. Marichal pitched a perfect bottom half and Kingman drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Henderson followed with a ground ball to first baseman Kranepool for another inning-ending double play. Jones hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Boswell popped out to shortstop Speier. With Kranepool at bat, Jones was caught stealing second on a throw by catcher Dave Rader to Speier. Marichal then fanned Kranepool for the third out.

Capra held the Giants to a double by Garry Maddox in the top of the fifth inning. Marichal pitched a perfect bottom half and Speier walked to lead off the top of the sixth. Fuentes fouled out to catcher Dyer and a force play grounder by Bonds ensued. With Kingman at the plate, Dyer caught Bonds on a steal attempt with a throw to second baseman Boswell to end the inning. Marichal shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Kingman drew his third walk of the game to lead off the top of the seventh. Henderson hit a force play grounder back to Capra, who followed up by getting Jim Ray Hart to pop out to Boswell. Buzz then retired Maddox on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Rusty Staub.

Jones got his third single of the game to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Cleon moved to second on Boswell’s sacrifice bunt and Kranepool was given an intentional walk. Dyer grounded out to third baseman Hart to advance the runners to second and third. Marichal retired Capra on a grounder back to the mound for the third out. Buzz pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning. San Francisco reliever Jim Barr then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw struck out Bonds to begin the top of the ninth. Kingman followed by looking at a called third strike. McGraw then fanned Henderson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory as Capra won his own game with his first major league hit and run batted in.


  • Capra’s RBI was his only one as a Met.