August 25, 1978: Swan Beats Perry and Padres

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Date: August 25, 1978
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Lenny Randle
Key play: Randle's run-scoring single, Swan's RBI groundout

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The game was a pitching matchup of Craig Swan and eventual Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry. Swan pitched all nine innings and drove in a run as the Mets came away with a 2-1 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Steve Henderson tripled with one out in the top of the second. Lenny Randle hit a single to drive home Henderson and advanced to third base on a double by Doug Flynn. Swan grounded out to shortstop Ozzie Smith to bring home Randle for a 2-0 Mets lead. Perry retired Elliott Maddox on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Derrel Thomas. The Padres were then set down in order by Swan in the bottom half.

Bobby Valentine singled to lead off the top of the third inning. Valentine stole second base and Lee Mazzilli was struck out. Perry set down the next two Mets batters to finish off the inning and singled with one out in the bottom half. Smith lined back to Swan for an inning-ending double play and Perry retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Dave Winfield got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Oscar Gamble was hit by a pitch and Gene Tenace drew a walk to load the bases. Swan then retired Broderick Perkins on a ground ball to first baseman Willie Montanez for the inning's final out.

Swan and Perry each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Maddox singled against San Diego reliever Mark Lee to begin the top of the eighth. Valentine's sacrifice bunt moved Maddox to second base and Mazzilli grounded out to Smith. Montanez was given an intentional walk and John Stearns hit a force play ground ball to Thomas for the third out. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Winfield homered for the Padres' first run of the game. Swan then got Gamble to line out to right fielder Joel Youngblood and end the inning.

Lee set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Tenace took a called third strike to open the bottom half. Perkins was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson. Swan then got Bill Almon on a foul pop-up to catcher Stearns for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory as Craig outlasted and outdueled Perry.