May 3, 1972: Mets Complete Sweep of Giants

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Date: May 3, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 8
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Wayne Garrett, Tommie Agee, Ted Martinez
Key play: Garrett’s double, Agee’s single, Martinez’s triple

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets finished off a series sweep with an 8-5 win.

Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Giants’ starter Steve Stone to begin the top of the first inning. Wayne Garrett hit a double to drive home Harrelson with the first run of the game. Tommie Agee followed with a single that scored pinch-runner Ted Martinez for a 2-0 Mets lead. Rusty Staub walked and Cleon Jones hit a ground ball on which shortstop Chris Speier threw to third baseman Al Gallagher for a force out on Agee. Stone struck out Jim Fregosi and retired Ed Kranepool on a line drive to second baseman Tito Fuentes for the third out. Mets’ starter Jon Matlack then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Stone gave up only a single to Jerry Grote in the top of the second. Matlack shut down the Giants in the bottom of the inning and Agee doubled against Stone to lead off the top of the third. San Francisco reliever Ron Bryant retired Staub on a fly ball to right fielder Bobby Bonds after which Agee moved to third base. Jones hit a single to score Agee and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Fregosi singled and Kranepool grounded out to Fuentes. Grote was walked intentionally to load the bases and Bryant got Matlack on a force play grounder to Speier to end the inning. Jon then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Agee got a two-out double in the top of the fourth. Staub doubled to drive home Agee and lengthen the New York lead to 4-0. Jones flied out to left fielder Ken Henderson to end the inning and Matlack yielded just a single to Willie Mays in the bottom half. Bryant shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth and pinch-hitter Bernie Williams drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Speier followed with a double to score Williams with the Giants’ first run. Matlack then got Fuentes on a line drive to center fielder Agee for the inning’s final out

Matlack and San Francisco reliever Don McMahon each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Fregosi tripled against the Giants’ Jerry Johnson to begin the top of the eighth. Kranepool hit a double to score Fregosi and went to third base on Grote’s ground out to Fuentes. Matlack got a bunt single to drive home Kranepool for a 6-1 Mets lead. Harrelson hit a force play grounder to Speier and came around to score on a triple by Martinez. On his own hit, Ted scored the Mets’ eighth run via a throwing error by Fuentes. Agee drew a walk and San Francisco’s John Morris retired Staub on a pop-up to Speier that ended the inning.

Mays drew a walk against Matlack with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Bonds followed with a single to advance Mays to third base. Dave Kingman tripled to bring home Mays and Bonds, reducing the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Against New York reliever Chuck Taylor, Henderson grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to score Kingman. Gallagher walked and Taylor retired Dave Rader on an inning-ending fly ball to Agee. Morris then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Jim Howarth doubled against Taylor to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Speier got an infield single and Fuentes grounded out to Kranepool. Mays drew a walk that loaded the bases. Against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw, Bonds hit a sacrifice fly to plate Howarth with the Giants’ fifth run. McGraw then got Kingman to foul out to Kranepool and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a three-game series sweep.