April 10, 1978: Swan and the Hendersons Beat Cubs

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Date: April 10, 1978
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 6
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Steve Henderson, Ken Henderson
Key play: Slugging of the Hendersons

The Mets and Cubs began a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Monday afternoon. Two players named Henderson provided much of the offense. Steve and Ken each had a double, homer and three runs batted in to back up the five-hit shutout pitching of Craig Swan. The Mets defeated Chicago, 6-0.

Swan and the Cubs' Dennis Lamp both started the game with three scoreless innings. Each pitcher faced ten batters and allowed one hit. Swan also issued a walk to Manny Trillo, who was then caught stealing.

Greg Gross got a leadoff single for the Cubs in the top of the fourth. Swan then got Bill Buckner to line out to left field and Bobby Murcer to ground into a double play. The Mets came up in the bottom half and scored on leadoff back-to-back doubles by Tim Foli and Steve Henderson. Steve moved to third on a ground out and then came home on Ken Henderson's double for a 2-0 Mets lead.

In the fifth, Trillo got a double for Chicago with one out. Swan then got the next two batters and retired the side in order in the sixth. The Cubs were also held hitless by Swan in both the seventh and eighth innings while remaining scoreless.

Paul Reuschel took over the pitching for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth. Foli got a one-out single off Reuschel and stole second base before Steve Henderson homered to extend the Met lead to 4-0. Ed Kranepool also singled and Ken Henderson followed with another homer for two more runs. Reuschel was then replaced by Mike Krukow, who finished the inning for Chicago.

Swan retired the first two Cubs' batters in the ninth before allowing singles to Buckner and Murcer. Craig then struck out Dave Kingman to end the ballgame. The Mets had their fourth win in their first five games of the season thanks to the stiflings of Swan and the heavy-hitting of the Hendersons.

Notes

  • Ken Henderson's home run was his only one as a Met.