April 10, 1988: Mookie Slugs the Phillies

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Date: April 10, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Gooden’s single, Wilson’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mookie Wilson hit two home runs in a 4-3 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Shane Rawley gave up only a single to Wilson in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ Dwight Gooden pitched a perfect bottom half and Gary Carter drew a walk to lead off the top of the second. Howard Johnson hit a single and consecutive foul pop-ups by Lee Mazzilli and Kevin Elster were caught by first baseman Von Hayes. Gooden singled to drive home Carter for a 1-0 Mets lead. On the play, Johnson got caught in a rundown and was tagged by second baseman Juan Samuel for the inning’s third out. Gooden then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the third, Wilson homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Tim Teufel was retired on a line drive to right fielder Chris James. Keith Hernandez grounded out to Hayes and a single by Darryl Strawberry followed. Carter walked and Rawley retired Johnson on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Phil Bradley. To begin the bottom half, Steve Jeltz singled and advanced to second base on Rawley’s sacrifice bunt. Samuel hit a single on which Gooden made an error that allowed Jeltz to come home. Milt Thompson drew a walk and Gooden got Bradley to hit a ground ball to shortstop Elster for an inning-ending double play.

Rawley shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Mike Schmidt drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Hayes flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a walk to Lance Parrish ensued. James went down on strikes and Jeltz singled to score Schmidt, tying the game at 2-2. On the play, Parrish moved to third base via an error by second baseman Teufel. Gooden then threw a called third strike past Rawley to close out the inning.

Rawley pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Gooden surrendered only a walk to Thompson in the bottom half and Rawley retired the Mets in order again in the top of the sixth. Hayes doubled to open the bottom of the inning. Parrish grounded out to Elster and a single by James brought home Hayes for a 3-2 Phillies lead. Gooden then got Jeltz to ground out to Teufel and fanned Rawley to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Lenny Dykstra got a bunt single against Rawley to begin the top of the seventh. Wilson followed with his second homer of the game to put the Mets ahead by a run. Philadelphia reliever Mike Maddux set down the next three batters to end the inning and New York’s Roger McDowell hurled a scoreless bottom half. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the eighth. McDowell then set down the Phillies on three straight infield grounders in the bottom of the inning.

Maddux struck out the side in a scoreless top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross drew a walk against McDowell to open the bottom half. A balk sent pinch-runner Bob Dernier to second base. Samuel’s ground out to Teufel moved Dernier to third and Mets’ reliever Randy Myers threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Bill Almon. Myers then retired Thompson on a ground ball to Elster for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.