July 25, 1977: Swan Hurls Three-Hit Shutout

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Date: July 25, 1977
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 1
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Steve Henderson
Key play: Henderson’s double in 1st

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. The teams played a two-hour and fourteen-minute game. Craig Swan pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Lenny Randle singled against Dodgers’ starter Doug Rau to lead off the top of the first inning. Randle advanced to third base on Felix Millan’s single and scored on a double by Steve Henderson for a one-run Mets lead. John Milner went down on strikes and John Stearns drew a walk to load the bases. Rau got Joel Youngblood to hit a ground ball to shortstop Bill Russell for an inning-ending double play. Swan then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Rau held the Mets to a single by Lee Mazzilli in the top of the second. Ron Cey drew a walk to open the bottom half. Steve Garvey flied out to right fielder Youngblood and a single by Dusty Baker ensued. Glenn Burke followed with a double play grounder to third baseman Randle that ended the inning and Rau hurled a perfect top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Rau singled to center field. Dave Lopes hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Milner and stole second base. Russell walked and Reggie Smith got an infield single to load the bases. Swan then retired Cey on a fly ball to Youngblood to finish off the inning.

Stearns and Youngblood got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fourth. Rau set down the next three Mets batters on Swan surrendered only a walk to Baker in the bottom half. Millan reached on second baseman Lopes’ error with one out in the top of the fifth. Henderson doubled and Milner flied out to right fielder Smith. Stearns grounded out to third baseman Cey to end the inning and Swan gave up just a walk to Rau in the bottom half. Rau set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Craig then retired all three Los Angeles hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Rau hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Steve Yeager drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Yeager stole second base and moved to third after pinch-hitter Manny Mota’s fly out to Youngblood. Lopes was retired on a grounder to second baseman Millan for the inning’s final out and Dodgers’ reliever Mike Garman pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Swan then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Garman hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Garvey fouled out to Milner to begin the bottom of the inning. Baker went down on strikes. Swan then got pinch-hitter Ed Goodson to fly out to left fielder Henderson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Craig’s three-hitter.