In the top of the eighth, with two out and the Pirates ahead 3-2 and with the Mets' Ken Boswell on second base, Harrelson looped a hit into left field and Boswell was waved around third to try for home. Stargell came charging in, grabbed the ball and threw a one-hop bolt of lightning that nailed Boswell by 10 feet.
In the bottom of the eighth Stargell swung his bat around in a complete circle in a plane perpendicular to the ground, as he does before every pitch, and then drove in the Pirates' fourth run—as it turned out, the winning run—with a line single to right. Pitching for the Mets was Tug McGraw, off whom Stargell had hit a game-winning 10th-inning home run the previous Sunday in New York.
Later Stargell was asked, "How would you characterize your arm?"
"I'd say I have a better than average arm," he said. He praised the fielding of Clemente and Manny Sanguillen.
Someone else asked the eight-year Pirate veteran, "Were you mean out there tonight, Willie?"
"Angry," he answered. "Like a tiger in heat."
On Saturday Three Rivers Stadium was invaded by small moths. They had first appeared in force the night before and one had landed in the eye of the Pirates' Dave Cash while he was batting, but their tribe had increased during the night. They were all over everybody. There was some discussion as to whether they had come to eat the Tartan Turf playing surface or the Pirates' new pullover uniforms. Everyone settled down to playing around them.
Sanguillen, the Pirates' Panamanian catcher, who had gone 3 for 4 for the last three nights and had thrown Agee out at third for the last out of Friday's game, looked across the dressing room at Stargell, made the peace sign with his fingers and said, "Hey, I have always like you."
"Hey, Sangy," said Stargell, "do me a favor. From now until the game starts, don't say anything."
Utility man Jose Pagan came up to Stargell, said something in Spanish and struck him a loud punch in the upper chest.