August 15, 1979: Allen's Relief Stifles Braves

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Date: August 15, 1979
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 6
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Neil Allen, Doug Flynn, Alex Trevino
Key play: Trevino’s double, Flynn’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Neil Allen pitched two and one-third innings of solid relief in a 6-3 Mets win.

Alex Trevino drew a one-out walk against Braves’ starter Mickey Mahler in the top of the first. Lee Mazzilli singled to advance Trevino to third base and moved to second on a throw. John Stearns hit a single that brought home Trevino for a 1-0 Mets lead. On the play, Mazzilli was out via a throw by catcher Joe Nolan to third baseman Bob Horner. Joel Youngblood walked and Mahler retired Jose Cardenal on a fly ball to center fielder Rowland Office for the inning’s third out. Mets’ starter Craig Swan then yielded only a single to Office in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Mazzilli singled with one out in the top of the third. Stearns followed with a double on which Mazzilli was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Pepe Frias to Nolan. Youngblood got an infield single and Mahler got Cardenal on a ground ball to first baseman Dale Murphy to close out the inning. Frias hit a triple to lead off the bottom half. Mahler singled to score Frias and tie the game at 1-1. Jerry Royster and Gary Matthews were both retired on fly balls to right fielder Dan Norman. Swan then got Office to fly out to center fielder Mazzilli and end the inning.

Doug Flynn singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Flynn went to second base on Swan’s sacrifice bunt and came all the way around to score on a wild pitch. Frank Taveras flied out to right fielder Matthews to finish off the inning and Horner homered to begin the bottom half. Murphy was retired on a fly ball to Mazzilli. Swan then got Nolan to ground out to second baseman Flynn and retired Barry Bonnell on a fly ball to left fielder Youngblood that closed out the inning.

Mahler shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Swan gave up only a single to Frias in the bottom half and Flynn got a one-out single against Mahler in the top of the sixth. Swan singled and a wild pitch sent the runners to second and third base. Against Atlanta reliever Adrian Devine, Taveras hit a grounder on which Frias threw to Horner for an out at third on Swan. Flynn came home on the play to put the Mets in front by a run. Taveras stole second and scored on Trevino’s double for a 4-2 New York lead. Devine retired Mazzilli on an inning-ending fly ball to Office. Swan then held the Braves to a single by Matthews in the bottom half.

Stearns reached on an error by Devine to begin the top of the seventh. Youngblood was hit by a pitch and Cardenal grounded out to second baseman Royster. Norman was walked intentionally to load the bases and Flynn singled to drive home Stearns and Youngblood, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Braves’ reliever Bo McLaughlin then fanned Swan and got Sergio Ferrer to hit a force play ground ball to Frias for the inning’s final out.

Nolan singled against Swan to open the bottom of the seventh. Bonnell popped out to shortstop Ferrer and a single by Frias ensued. Pinch-hitter Mike Lum hit a single to bring home Nolan with the Braves’ third run of the game. Royster followed with a single on which Youngblood threw to catcher Trevino for an out at home on Frias. With Allen on the mound for the Mets, Lum moved to third and Royster to second on a wild pitch. Neil then got Matthews to ground out to Ferrer and finish off the inning.

Atlanta reliever Larry Bradford gave up only a single to Mazzilli in the top of the eighth. Allen hurled a scoreless bottom half and Bradford yielded just a single to Norman in the top of the ninth. Bonnell drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Frias flied out to Mazzilli and a single by pinch-hitter Charlie Spikes ensued. Allen then got Royster on a grounder to third baseman Stearns for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with Neil providing outstanding relief.