April 25, 1979: Swan Pitches Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: April 25, 1979
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 2
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Joel Youngblood, John Stearns
Key play: Youngblood’s sacrifice fly, Stearns’ home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a rain-shortened two-game series. Craig Swan pitched a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over San Francisco.

Swan and Giants’ starter Tom Griffin each hurled a perfect first inning. Craig retired the side in order again in the top of the second and Steve Henderson drew a walk to open the bottom half. Willie Montanez followed with a double to advance Henderson to third base. A sacrifice fly by Joel Youngblood scored Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. John Stearns went down on strikes and Doug Flynn drew a walk. Griffin then fanned Swan for the final out of the inning.

Marc Hill drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Roger Metzger hit a double and a strikeout of Griffin followed. Bill North lined out to third baseman Richie Hebner and a pop-up by Terry Whitfield was caught by shortstop Frank Taveras to end the inning. Griffin set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Swan and Griffin then retired all three batters in each half of the fourth inning.

Swan set down the Giants in order in the top of the fifth. Stearns homered for the Mets’ second run to begin the bottom of the inning. Griffin retired the next three New York hitters and Swan pitched a perfect top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Lee Mazzilli got an infield single against San Francisco reliever Dave Roberts. Mazzilli stole second base and Henderson drew a walk. Montanez hit a line drive that was caught by left fielder Whitfield. Mazzilli was then caught by Whitfield’s throw to second baseman Bill Madlock to complete an inning-ending double play.

Swan and Roberts each hurled a perfect seventh inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, Hill singled to end Craig’s string of sixteen consecutive batters retired. Metzger followed with a ground ball to second baseman Flynn for a double play that ended the inning. Roberts then retired all three Mets hitters in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Willie McCovey flied out to center fielder Mazzilli to begin the top of the ninth inning. North was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson. Swan then got Whitfield to foul out to catcher Stearns and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Craig’s two-hitter.