August 16, 1975: Swan Beats Giants

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Date: August 16, 1975
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Joe Torre
Key play: Torre's home run

The Mets played the Giants at Shea Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. After spending all season in the minors, Craig Swan took the mound for his first game of the year as a Met. Swan pitched solidly for eight innings as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 4-2.

Swan recorded two strikeouts in a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Gary Thomasson's single scored Gary Matthews for a Giants run. The Mets took a 2-1 lead when Dave Kingman walked and Joe Torre followed with a home run off San Francisco starter Pete Falcone in the bottom of the inning. Swan and Falcone then pitched scoreless ball over the next three innings.

Kingman led off the bottom of the sixth for the Mets. Dave reached first base when Giants' catcher Dave Rader dropped his pop up. Torre walked and Jerry Grote hit into a force play on which pinch-runner Wayne Garrett went to third base. Garrett scored on Jack Heidemann's infield single and Grote came home on Swan's force play grounder to increase the Mets' lead to 4-1.

In the ninth, Swan struck out Thomasson before issuing two walks. Bob Apodaca came in to relieve and got pinch-hitter Marc Hill on a called third strike. The Giants then scored when Von Joshua singled home Rader, but Apodaca got Derrell Thomas to pop up to second baseman Felix Millan for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and Swan had his first major league win of the season.