July 2, 1982: Swan and Leach Hold Down Phils

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Date: July 2, 1982
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 8
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Terry Leach, Rusty Staub, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Staub’s sacrifice fly and single, Wilson’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Craig Swan pitched six solid innings and Terry Leach came through with scoreless relief as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 8-4.

Swan retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Wilson stole second base and advanced to third on John Stearns’ ground out to second baseman Manny Trillo. Rusty Staub followed with a sacrifice fly to score Wilson with the game’s first run. Phils’ starter Marty Bystrom then got Dave Kingman to ground out to shortstop Ivan DeJesus and end the inning.

Swan pitched a perfect top of the second. Ron Hodges drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Ensuing walks to Wally Backman and Ron Gardenhire loaded the bases and Swan went down on strikes. Wilson doubled to drive home Hodges and Backman as Gardenhire went to third. With Stearns at bat, a wild pitch brought home Gardenhire for a 4-0 Mets lead. Bystrom then fanned Stearns for the inning’s final out.

Swan set down the Phillies 1-2-3 again in the top of the third. Staub and Kingman got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. George Foster was struck out and Hodges singled to load the bases. Backman grounded out to Trillo to drive home Staub. With Gardenhire at the plate, Kingman came home on a wild pitch. Bystrom then retired Gardenhire on a fly ball to right fielder George Vukovich that closed out the inning.

Swan surrendered only a walk to Pete Rose in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom half, Craig drew a walk of his own against Bystrom. Philadelphia reliever Porfi Altamirano retired Wilson on a ground ball to Trillo and got Stearns to ground out to third baseman Mike Schmidt. Staub hit a single to drive home Swan and extend the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Kingman reached on an error by left fielder Gary Matthews. On the play, Dave was out at second via a throw by center fielder Bob Dernier to Trillo to finish off the inning.

Swan gave up just a walk to Ozzie Virgil in the top of the fifth. Altamirano shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Rose singled for the Phils’ first hit with two outs in the top of the sixth. Matthews flied out to right fielder Staub to end the inning and Stearns drew a two-out walk against Phillies’ reliever Sid Monge in the bottom half. Monge then retired Staub on a fly ball to Vukovich for the third out of the inning.

Schmidt drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Vukovich hit a single and Virgil singled to drive home Schmidt. Trillo followed with a doubled that plated Vukovich and sent Virgil to third base. DeJesus singled against Leach to bring home Virgil and advance Trillo to third. Len Matuszek hit a sacrifice fly that scored Trillo and cut the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Leach got Dernier to hit a ground ball to second baseman Backman for an inning-ending double play. Monge then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Schmidt and Vukovich got consecutive singles with two outs in the top of the eighth. Leach got Virgil on a force play grounder to third baseman Stearns that ended the inning. Backman singled against Philadelphia reliever Ron Reed to lead off the bottom half. Gardenhire followed with a double to drive home Backman with the Mets’ eighth run of the game. On his own hit, Gardenhire got caught between bases and was tagged out by Trillo. Reed then fanned Leach and retired Wilson on a fly ball to Dernier to close out the inning.

Trillo flied out to center fielder Wilson to open the top of the ninth. DeJesus was retired on a ground ball to Backman. Leach then got Matuszek to fly out to Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to begin the holiday weekend series.