April 7, 1983: Swan and Allen Four-Hit Phils
|Date: April 7, 1983|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Craig Swan, Neil Allen, Danny Heep, George Foster|
|Key play: Denny’s error, Foster’s home run, Heep’s three hits|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a season-opening two-game series. Craig Swan and Neil Allen combined on a four-hitter in a 6-2 Mets win over Philadelphia.
Swan pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Phils’ starter John Denny to lead off the bottom half. With Bob Bailor at bat, Wilson advanced to third base on Denny’s errant pickoff throw. Bailor hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Wilson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Dave Kingman was retired on a line drive to left fielder Gary Matthews. George Foster homered for the Mets’ second run and Danny Heep hit a double. Denny then got Hubie Brooks to ground out to shortstop Ivan DeJesus and end the inning.
Swan set down the side in order in the top of the second. Denny retired all three batters in the bottom half and Bob Dernier drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Dernier stole second base and Denny walked. Pete Rose singled to drive home Dernier and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Swan got Matthews to hit a grounder to shortstop Bailor for an inning-ending double play. Denny then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Swan retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Foster drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. George advanced to third base on Heep’s single and came home on Brooks’ ground out to third baseman Mike Schmidt. Ron Hodges was given an intentional walk and Brian Giles hit a force play grounder to DeJesus. Denny then struck out Swan to finish off the inning.
Swan surrendered only a walk to DeJesus in the top of the fifth. Denny yielded just a single to Bailor in the bottom half and Rose doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Matthews drew a walk and Joe Morgan flied out to center fielder Wilson. Swan retired both Schmidt and Tony Perez on infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs and Heep doubled to open the bottom half. Brooks grounded out to first baseman Perez and an intentional walk to Hodges ensued. Giles hit a single to bring home Heep and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. With Swan at the plate, Hodges was caught stealing third base on catcher Bo Diaz’s throw to Schmidt. Denny then got Swan to fly out to center fielder Dernier and end the inning.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Bob Molinaro homered for the Phils’ second run of the game. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross walked and Rose drew a walk (charged to Swan) that was completed with Allen on the mound. Matthews grounded back to Allen for the inning’s final out and Philadelphia reliever Porfi Altamirano gave up only a single to Wilson in the bottom half. Allen shut down the Phillies in the top of the eighth and Foster doubled against Altamirano to begin the bottom of the inning. Heep drew a walk and Brooks was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Against the Phils’ Sid Monge, Hodges hit a single to score Foster. Phillies’ reliever Ron Reed fanned both Giles and Allen before issuing a walk to Wilson that forced home Heep with the Mets’ sixth run. Reed then got Bailor on a force play grounder to DeJesus to finish off the inning.
Pinch-hitter Larry Milbourne singled for the Phils’ fourth hit to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Len Matuszek was struck out and Gross hit a force play ground ball to Bailor. Allen then got Rose to ground out to Bailor and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a two-game sweep to start the new season.