Amazin’ Look Back, 8/11/1973: Giants Tip Mets

By Rich Sparago

The Giants nipped the Mets at Candlestick Park today by the score of 8-7 with a run in the bottom of the 13th. Losing pitcher Tug McGraw began the 13th by striking out Steve Ontiveros. However, McGraw then hit Garry Maddox with a pitch, and Tito Fuentes reached on a 2-base error, sending Maddox to 3rd. After an intentional walk to Bruce Miller, Bobby Bonds ended the game with a single to left.

Oct 24, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants former first baseman Orlando Cepeda (left), former first baseman Willie McCovey (center), and former center fielder Willie Mays (right) before game one of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers at AT

George Stone started for the Mets and was ineffective, lasting just 1/3 of an inning. Stone allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, one of which being a 3-run home run to Bonds. Don Hahn had opened the game for New York with a home run off of Giants’ starter Tom Bradley. The Mets went into the 9th inning trailing 7-6, however they tied the game on an error on a ground ball hit by Felix Millan. Millan’s grounder scored Tom Seaver, who was running for Ed Kranepool.

The Mets saw their record fall to 52-62 on the season. For those reading in 2013, that’s remarkably similar to their 53-61 record today!

Here are the starting lineups for the game:


Don Hahn CF

Felix Millan 2B

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner 1B

Cleon Jones LF

Wayne Garrett 3B

Ron Hodges C

Ted Martinez SS

George Stone P


Garry Maddox CF

Tito Fuentes 2B

Ed Goodson 3B

Bobby Bonds RF

Gary Matthews LF

Chris Speier SS

Gary Thomasson 1B

Mike Sadek C

Tom Bradley P

Up Next: The Mets send Ray Sadecki to the mound to conclude their series with the Giants.

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