Oct 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Parking lot during tailgating at Candlestick Park. The Giants defeated the 49ers 26-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin’ Look Back, August 12, 1973: Mets Concede Series to Giants

The Mets dropped their second straight at Candlestick Park, falling to the Giants 4-1 to lose the weekend series. Ron Bryant was on the winning side for San Francisco, while Ray Sadecki took the loss for the visitors from New York.

The Amazin’ offense could not get anything going against young Bryant, who added to his potential Cy Young Award pedigree with a complete-game victory in which he allowed an unearned run on six hits and two walks. The Mets’ lone run came in the top of the fifth when left fielder Gary Thomasson mishandled a Wayne Garrett ball that allowed Jerry Grote to score from second. That was the whole story for the orange and blue at the plate: Don Hahn was the only man who managed two hits off Bryant, and Willie Mays’s nightmarish return to Candlestick ended with an 0-4 afternoon.

As for the hosts from San Francisco, Tito Fuentes was the hero of the game at the plate: his three-run homer in the fifth gave the Giants the lead for good, and his RBI double in the seventh plated the pitcher Bryant and added an unneeded insurance run to the board.

The starting lineups for today’s game were as follows:

New York Mets


San Francisco Giants

1 Wayne Garrett 3B 1 Garry Maddox CF
2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Tito Fuentes 2B
3 Willie Mays 1B 3 Ed Goodson 3B
4 Cleon Jones RF 4 Bobby Bonds RF
5 John Milner LF 5 Chris Speier SS
6 Don Hahn CF 6 Gary Thomasson LF
7 Jerry Grote C 7 Dave Kingman 1B
8 Brian Ostrosser SS 8 Dave Rader C
9 Ray Sadecki P 9 Ron Bryant P


The Mets’ West Coast swing continues tomorrow as the team travels to San Diego to take on Don Zimmer’s dreadful Padres.

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