By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Editor’s Note: After Willie McCovey’s death on Wednesday at 80-years-old, we’re looking back on his final MLB game of his career. You can read about his MLB debut here.The San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, July 6th, 1980. The Giants won 7-4 over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the 10th inning.
The Giants improved to 37-43 with the win. The Dodgers fell to 46-34 with the loss.
Rich Murray led the Giants with three hits, while Larry Herndon led the team with two runs. Herndon also led the team with two RBIs.
Rudy Law, Dusty Baker, and Ron Cey led the Dodgers with two hits each. Cey also led the team with two RBIs. Reggie Smith, Baker, Cey, and Mike Scioscia also scored a run each.
Joe Strain singled to right field in the top of the 10th inning to allow Al Holland and Herndon to score to increase the score to 7-4. The Giants increased the lead to 5-4 when Milt May singled to right field that scored Rich Murray.
The Dodgers tied the game at 4 all in the bottom of the eighth inning. Baker singled to center field that scored Smith.
The Giants took a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning, as Willie McCovey had a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jack Clark. San Francisco tied the game at 3 as Herndon hit a two-run home run that also scored Rennie Stennett to tie the game at 3-3.
Darrell Evans hit a home run to cut the Dodgers lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Los Angeles scored three runs to make it 3-0. Scioscia hit a home run to increase the lead to 3-0.
Earlier in the inning, Cey hit a two-run home run that also scored Baker.
Both starting pitchers received a no-decision. Giants pitcher John Montefusco went five innings, allowing three runs (three earned runs) on five hits. He also allowed two home runs with two strikeouts and a walk.
Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss went 7 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (four earned runs) on seven hits and two home runs. He also struck out five batters and a walk.
Giants’ Holland received the win, as he improved to 2-1 on the season. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit. He also had two strikeouts and two walks.
Greg Minton also blew his second save of the season. He went 2/3 of an inning and allowed one run (one earned runs) on two hits. He also had one strikeout and one walk.
Steve Howe lost the game for the Dodgers, as he fell to 2-4 on the season. He went one inning and allowed three runs (zero earned runs) on four hits.
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