July 25, 1979: Swan Shuts Out Giants
|Date: July 25, 1979|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Craig Swan, Joel Youngblood|
|Key play: Littlejohn's passed ball in 2nd, Youngblood's homer in 4th|
The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Wednesday afternoon at Candlestick Park. Craig Swan pitched a six-hit shutout for his ninth win of the season. The Mets defeated San Francisco, 3-0.
After a scoreless first inning, the Mets got a run against Giants' starter Bob Knepper in the top of the second. With one out, Joel Youngblood stole second base and went to third when catcher Dennis Littlejohn's throw went into center field. Youngblood later scored on Littlejohn's passed ball for a 1-0 Met lead. Swan then shut down San Francisco in the bottom half and struck out the side in a scoreless third inning.
Youngblood homered off Knepper with two out in the top of the fourth. In the fifth, Elliott Maddox singled to score Doug Flynn for the Mets' third run of the game. Meanwhile, Swan faced the minimum six batters while holding down the Giants in the same two innings.
From the sixth inning to the eighth, Swan continued to keep San Francisco scoreless. Craig also retired the side in order with three ground balls in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a win on Swan's shutout, giving them a sweep of the Giants in the two-game series.