June 9, 1979: Swan Blanks Astros

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Date: June 9, 1979
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 4
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Steve Henderson, Willie Montanez
Key play: Henderson’s and Montanez’s singles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Craig Swan pitched a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Houston.

Swan yielded only a double to Craig Reynolds in the top of the first inning. Joel Youngblood drew a walk against Astros’ starter Joaquin Andujar to lead off the bottom half. Frank Taveras got a bunt single and Lee Mazzilli flied out to center fielder Terry Puhl. Willie Montanez popped out to third baseman Enos Cabell and a walk to John Stearns loaded the bases. Steve Henderson singled to drive home Youngblood and Taveras for a 2-0 Mets lead. On the play, Stearns got caught between bases and was tagged by second baseman Art Howe for the third out.

Swan and Andujar each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Craig yielded only a single to Cabell while the Mets’ only baserunner was Youngblood via an error by Howe. Swan held the Astros to a single by Puhl in the top of the sixth. Taveras hit a double to open the bottom half. Mazzilli got an infield single and moved to third base on Montanez’s single that drove home Taveras. Lee came home with the Mets’ fourth run as Stearns grounded to shortstop Reynolds for a double play. Andujar then retired Henderson on a ground ball to Howe that closed out the inning.

Swan hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Houston reliever George Throop set down the side in order in the bottom half and Alan Ashby singled to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Rafael Landestoy popped out to second baseman Doug Flynn and a bunt single by Puhl followed. Reynolds fouled out to third baseman Alex Trevino and a single by Cesar Cedeno loaded the bases. Swan retired Jose Cruz on a foul pop-up to first baseman Montanez that ended the inning. Astros’ reliever Tom Dixon then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Cabell grounded out to Trevino to begin the top of the ninth. Denny Walling was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Mazzilli. Swan then got Howe to fly out to Mazzilli and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Craig’s shutout.