June 5, 1977: Kingman's Homer Leads Mets to DH Sweep

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Date: June 5, 1977
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Dave Kingman
Key play: Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in the second game. Dave Kingman hit a home run for all the Mets’ scoring in a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

Following a scoreless first inning, Greg Luzinski doubled against Mets’ starter Craig Swan to lead off the top of the second. A wild pitch moved Luzinski to third base and Richie Hebner drew a walk. Bob Boone hit a single to drive home Luzinski for a 1-0 Phils lead. Ted Sizemore grounded to third baseman Lenny Randle for a double play and Larry Bowa singled. Swan retired Jim Kaat on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning. Kaat then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Swan pitched a perfect top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Bud Harrelson hit a triple to center field. Swan followed with a grounder on which shortstop Bowa threw to catcher Boone for an out at home on Harrelson. Randle was retired on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Mike Schmidt and a single by Luzinski began the top of the fourth. Hebner flied out to right fielder Mike Vail and a single by Boone ensued. Swan then struck out Sizemore and got Bowa on a grounder to second baseman Felix Millan to end the inning.

To begin the bottom of the fourth, Millan singled and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by John Milner. Kingman homered to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Vail hit a single on which he was out at second via a relay throw by first baseman Hebner to Bowa. Jerry Grote grounded out to Schmidt and a single by Lee Mazzilli followed. Mazzilli stole second base and Kaat fanned Harrelson for the inning’s third out. Swan set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Philadelphia reliever Warren Brusstar then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After a scoreless sixth, Bowa got an infield single with one out in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitting for Brusstar, Tim McCarver reached on an error by Millan. Swan was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood, who got Garry Maddox to hit a ground ball to Randle for an inning-ending double play. For the Phils, Ron Reed hurled a perfect bottom half. Lockwood retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the eighth and Randle doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Millan grounded out to Bowa and an intentional walk to Milner followed. Reed then struck out Kingman and got Bruce Boisclair on a force play grounder to Bowa for the final out of the inning.

Boone hit a one-out double in the top of the ninth. Sizemore flied out to center fielder Mazzilli and a single by Bowa scored Boone with the Phillies’ second run. Lockwood then retired pinch-hitter Tommy Hutton on a pop-up to Millan to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.