Coming off an impressive victory behind Tom Seaver’s dominating performance in which he struck out 16 batters, the New York Mets looked to keep their winning ways moving forward as Jon Matlack took the mound against the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, the Mets ultimately were on the short end of this game, suffering a close 3-2 defeat as Giants starter Tom Bradley earned the victory, improving his record to 4-2 for the season.
Bradley did more than just pitch well for the Giants, as Bradley hit a two-run single off Matlack in the bottom of the second-inning that opened the scoring, giving the Giants an early 2-0 lead. However, the Giants’ lead did not hold up for long, as Mets were able to get a pair of two-out hits, the biggest blow coming off the bat of Wayne Garrett who tripled to right field to drive in Matlack to bring the Mets within a run.
Holding the Giants scoreless through the next three innings, the Mets were able to tie the game in the sixth-inning as Ken Boswell hit an RBI groundout, just after Giants third baseman Ed Goodson committed an error that allowed Jon Matlack to go from first to third base after reaching base on a walk. Going into the bottom of the inning, Matlack surrendered a solo homer to the leadoff batter Tito Fuentes, putting the Giants ahead 3-2.
With the score remaining the same going into the top of the ninth-inning, manager Charlie Fox called upon Sam McDowell to record the final three outs of the game. McDowell went on to pitch a 1-2-3 inning to seal the Giants 3-2 victory and record his third save of the season.
Here’s a look at the boxscore and starting lineups for this game:
|1. Wayne Garrett 2B||1. Bobby Bonds RF|
|2. Ken Boswell 3B||2. Tito Fuentes 2B|
|3. John Milner 1B||3. Garry Maddox CF|
|4. Rusty Staub RF||4. Ed Goodson 3B|
|5. Ed Kranepool LF||5. Gary Matthews LF|
|6. Jim Gosger CF||6. Chris Speier SS|
|7. Duffy Dyer C||7. Dave Kingman 1B|
|8. Bud Harrelson SS||8. Dave Rader C|
|9. Jon Matlack P||9. Tom Bradley P|