May 9, 1980: Swan Three-Hits Expos
|Date: May 9, 1980|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Craig Swan, Lee Mazzilli, Steve Henderson|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s double, Henderson’s single|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Craig Swan pitched a three-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win.
After two scoreless and hitless innings, Joel Youngblood doubled against Expos’ starter Steve Rogers to lead off the top of the third. Youngblood advanced to third base on Frank Taveras’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a double by Lee Mazzilli for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mazzilli went to third after Mike Jorgensen’s fly out to right fielder Ellis Valentine and a walk to Steve Henderson ensued. Rogers retired John Stearns on a grounder to second baseman Tony Bernazard to end the inning. Swan then gave up just a single to Warren Cromartie in the bottom half.
Rogers yielded only a single to Elliott Maddox in the top of the fourth. Rodney Scott singled to open the bottom of the inning. Scott stole second base and moved to third on Rowland Office’s ground out to second baseman Doug Flynn. Valentine followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Scott and tie the game at 1-1. Swan then struck out Larry Parrish to finish off the inning.
Mazzilli was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the fifth. Lee stole second base and moved to third after Jorgensen’s fly out to Valentine. Henderson hit a single to score Mazzilli and put the Mets back in front by a run. Stearns singled and Maddox was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Office. Gary Carter singled for the Expos’ third hit to begin the bottom half. Swan then got the next three Montreal batters on force play ground balls to close out the inning.
From the sixth inning to the eighth, Swan and Rogers each pitched scoreless and hitless ball. Rogers surrendered just a walk to Jorgensen and his teammates were retired in order in each of the bottom halves. Expos’ reliever Elias Sosa hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Ron LeFlore went down on strikes to lead off the bottom of the inning. Swan then threw called third strikes past both Scott and Office to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Craig’s three-hitter.