April 14, 1982: Scott and Eleven Hits Rock Phils

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Date: April 14, 1982
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 8
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Hubie Brooks, Ron Gardenhire, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Brooks’ triple, Wilson’s home run, Gardenhire’s singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Mike Scott pitched a complete game and the Mets pounded out eleven hits in an 8-1 win over Philadelphia.

Scott retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Dick Ruthven hurled a perfect bottom half and Dick Davis doubled to open the top of the second. Len Matuszek hit a single to drive home Davis and was caught stealing second base on catcher John Stearns’ throw to shortstop Ron Gardenhire. Scott fanned Bob Dernier and Bo Diaz for the inning’s final outs and Dave Kingman was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom half. Ellis Valentine went down on strikes and Stearns’ sacrifice bunt advanced Kingman to second. Hubie Brooks hit a triple to score Kingman and tie the game at 1-1. Ruthven then retired Gardenhire on a ground ball to third baseman Matuszek to close out the inning.

Ruthven singled with one out in the top of the third. Scott caught Ruthven with a pickoff throw to second baseman Bob Bailor and got Pete Rose on an inning-ending grounder to Gardenhire. Mike hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Mookie Wilson flied out to left fielder Gary Matthews and a fly ball by Bailor was caught by right fielder Davis. George Foster reached on Matuszek’s error and a walk to Kingman loaded the bases. Ruthven then got Valentine to fly out to Matthews and end the inning.

Scott shut down the Phillies in the top of the fourth. Stearns reached on an error by Matuszek to open the bottom half. John stole second base and Brooks was struck out. Gardenhire hit a single to drive home Stearns and put the Mets ahead by a run. Scott went down on strikes and Wilson homered to extend the New York lead to 4-1. Ruthven then retired Bailor on a grounder to shortstop Ivan DeJesus to finish off the inning.

Scott yielded only a double to Diaz in the top of the fifth. Foster and Kingman got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half. Valentine grounded out to first baseman Rose and an intentional walk to Stearns loaded the bases. Brooks followed with a sacrifice fly to score Foster for a 5-1 Mets lead. Gardenhire then hit a force play ground ball to DeJesus for the third out of the inning.

Scott pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Ruthven set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half and Matuszek drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross reached on Gardenhire’s error and Diaz hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Brooks. Manny Trillo popped out to Bailor to end the inning and Valentine got a two-out single against Ruthven in the bottom half. Stearns singled and Brooks drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Ed Farmer to load the bases. Gardenhire hit a single to bring home Valentine and Stearns, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Farmer then got Scott on a force play ground ball to Matuszek that ended the inning.

Scott retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Wilson singled against Phils’ reliever Sid Monge to begin the bottom half. Bailor hit a single (the Mets’ eleventh hit) to send Wilson to third base. Foster grounded out to second baseman Trillo to drive home Wilson with the eighth New York run of the game. Kingman was walked intentionally and Valentine was struck out. Monge then retired Stearns on a fly ball to Davis to close out the inning.

Matthews grounded out to Gardenhire to lead off the top of the ninth. Davis was retired on a ground ball to Brooks. Scott then got Matuszek to ground out to Gardenhire and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.