Tonight at Candlestick Park, a paltry crowd of 8,692 turned out to see Tom Seaver and the Mets take on Juan Marichaland the Giants. Perhaps the fans had a premonition, since the expected duel turned into a one sided affair.
Starting in the second inning, the Mets took it to Marichal, knocking him around for 6 runs and 10 hits in his 4.2 innings of work. With two outs in the second inning, Tom Seaver got the scoring going when he cracked a two run double to put the Mets ahead 2-0. The Mets exploded in the fifth, striking for four more runs off Marichal to extend their lead to 6-0.
The Giants plated a run in the bottom of the fifth to get on the board, but that was all they could muster off Seaver in their eventual 7-1 loss.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
|1. Don Hahn, CF||1. Gary Thomasson, CF|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Tito Fuentes, 2B|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Bobby Bonds, RF|
|4. John Milner, 1B||4. Willie McCovey, 1B|
|5. Cleon Jones, LF||5. Ed Goodson, 3B|
|6. Wayne Garrett, 3B||6. Gary Matthews, LF|
|7. Jerry Grote, C||7. Chris Speier, SS|
|8. Ted Martinez, SS||8. Dave Rader, C|
|9. Tom Seaver, P||9. Juan Marichal, P|
The Mets play the second game of their three game set in San Francisco tomorrow.