April 10, 1984: Swan's Final Win

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Date: April 10, 1984
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Darryl Strawberry, Hubie Brooks, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Strawberry’s and Brooks’ home runs, Hernandez’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the first of two games in a series. With an inning of perfect relief, Craig Swan recorded his final major league win in a 4-2 Mets victory.

After a scoreless first, Darryl Strawberry hit a solo home run against Braves’ starter Craig McMurtry with one out in the top of the second. McMurtry retired the next two Mets batters on outfield fly balls to end the inning and New York’s Ron Darling pitched a perfect bottom half. Ron Hodges drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Hodges advanced to second base on Darling’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Wally Backman’s ground out to second baseman Glenn Hubbard. Jose Oquendo grounded to shortstop Rafael Ramirez for the inning’s third out. Darling then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

McMurtry hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Darling retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Hubie Brooks homered for the Mets’ second run with one out in the top of the fifth. Hodges hit a single and Darling lined out to Hubbard. Backman fouled out to first baseman Chris Chambliss to finish off the inning and Bob Horner got a one-out single in the bottom half. Chambliss singled and moved to third base on Hubbard’s single that scored Horner, cutting the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Darling then got Bruce Benedict to hit a ground ball to second baseman Backman for an inning-ending double play.

McMurtry retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Claudell Washington hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Ramirez and Gerald Perry drew back-to-back walks and Dale Murphy was struck out. Darling retired Horner on a foul pop-up to first baseman Keith Hernandez that ended the inning and McMurtry shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Swan then came in to pitch and retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Ron Gardenhire singled against McMurtry with one out in the top of the eighth. Gardenhire stole second base and advanced to third on Oquendo’s single. Hernandez followed with a single to plate Gardenhire with the go-ahead run and send Oquendo to third. Against Atlanta reliever Donnie Moore, George Foster hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Oquendo with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Strawberry singled and Moore retired Mookie Wilson on an inning-ending pop-up to Ramirez. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then yielded only a single to Ramirez in the bottom half.

Braves’ reliever Gene Garber pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Murphy went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the inning. Horner hit a grounder that caromed off third baseman Brooks to shortstop Oquendo, who threw to Hernandez for the out. Orosco then got Chambliss on a foul pop-up to Hernandez to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Swan chalked up his 59th and last win in the major leagues.