August 4, 1982: Swan Homers, Youngblood Traded
|Date: August 4, 1982|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Craig Swan, Joel Youngblood|
|Key play: Youngblood's single in 3rd, Swan's home run in 4th|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Scoring runs in four consecutive innings, the Mets came out with a 7-4 victory. Craig Swan got his seventh win of the season, helped in part by his first major league home run. Also, Joel Youngblood got a two-run single in what turned out to be his last at bat as a Met.
Cubs' starter Ferguson Jenkins retired the first six Mets' batters over the first two innings. In the bottom of the second, Jenkins hit a two-out double off Swan to score Jay Johnstone for a 1-0 Chicago lead.
In the third, Bob Bailor and Swan got one-out singles off Jenkins. Wally Backman followed with a double to score Bailor with the tying run. John Stearns walked to load the bases and Youngblood singled to bring home Swan and Backman, putting the Mets ahead, 3-1. The lead was increased by two runs in the fourth when Swan homered off Jenkins with Hubie Brooks on base.
Mookie Wilson replaced Youngblood in center field in the bottom of the fourth. It was announced at this moment that Joel had been traded to the Montreal Expos. Youngblood had to leave the game to join his new team in Philadelphia.
In the fifth, George Foster singled off reliever Mike Proly to score Mike Jorgensen with another Met run. The Cubs got a run in the bottom of the inning on Bill Buckner's single that brought home Ryne Sandberg. Stearns then singled off Proly in the sixth to score Backman for a 7-2 Met lead.
Swan was removed from the game in the seventh as the Cubs scored two runs. Reliever Pete Falcone then held Chicago scoreless in the eighth and ninth to earn his second save of the season. The Mets had a win in a game that featured a home run by their starting pitcher and a game-winning single by a player who was no longer a member of the team.
- After the trade, Youngblood played in the Expos' game against the Phillies that night. He singled off Steve Carlton in the seventh inning of Montreal's 5-4 loss. Joel became the first player to get hits with two teams in two different cities in one day. Both hits came off eventual Hall of Famers.