April 28, 1976: Swan Shuts Out Braves

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Date: April 28, 1976
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 3
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Dave Kingman
Key play: Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Craig Swan hurled a shutout and Dave Kingman hit a home run for a 3-0 Mets win over Atlanta.

Swan gave up only a walk to Rowland Office in the top of the first inning. Del Unser drew a walk against Braves’ starter Andy Messersmith with two outs in the bottom half. Ed Kranepool hit a single to advance Unser to third base. Kingman followed with a homer to give the Mets a three-run lead. Wayne Garrett walked and Messersmith struck out Jerry Grote to end the inning.

Swan and Messersmith each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the seventh. Craig yielded only singles to Vic Correll and Messersmith while the Mets came up empty on four hits and a pair of walks. Correll singled to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Terry Crowley followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan. Swan fanned pinch-hitter Cito Gaston for the inning’s third out. Atlanta reliever Bruce Dal Canton then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Office got a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ken Henderson singled and Jim Wynn went down on strikes. Swan threw a called third strike past Darrell Evans. Craig then got Dave May to ground out to Millan and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.