April 14, 1992: Six Doubles Put Away Phils

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Date: April 14, 1992
Mets starter: Anthony Young
Mets: 8
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Charlie O'Brien, Dave Gallagher
Key play: Mets’ doubles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets collected six doubles in an 8-5 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Anthony Young pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Dick Schofield hit a one-out double against the Phils’ Danny Cox in the bottom half. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk and Howard Johnson walked to load the bases. Eddie Murray doubled to drive home both Schofield and Bonilla. Daryl Boston walked to reload the bases and Bill Pecota hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Mickey Morandini that brought home Johnson. On the play, shortstop Kim Batiste made an error that allowed Murray to score for a 4-0 Mets lead. Pecota stole second base before Cox retired Charlie O'Brien on a fly ball to left fielder Wes Chamberlain for the inning’s third out.

John Kruk doubled to lead off the top of the second. Dale Murphy hit a single and Chamberlain went down on strikes. Darren Daulton followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Kruk with the Phillies’ first run of the game. Batiste singled and Cox grounded back to Young to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Schofield singled and moved to third base on a single by Bonilla. Cox then got Johnson to fly out to center fielder Ruben Amaro and finish off the inning.

Young hurled a scoreless top of the third. Pecota walked with two outs in the bottom half. O’Brien doubled to bring home Pecota and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Cox retired Young on an inning-ending fly ball to Chamberlain, who singled to begin the top of the fourth. Daulton hit a single and Batiste followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Schofield. Pinch-hitter Jeff Grotewold singled to score Chamberlain. Young retired Amaro on a ground ball to second baseman Willie Randolph for the final out of the inning. Philadelphia reliever Cliff Brantley then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Morandini hit a leadoff triple in the top of the fifth. Dave Hollins singled to drive home Morandini and a fly ball by Kruk was caught by center fielder Johnson. Mariano Duncan hit a single to send Hollins to third base and Chamberlain grounded to third baseman Pecota for an inning-ending double play. Brantley set down the side in order in the bottom half and Young gave up just a single to Batiste in the top of the sixth. The Mets were then retired 1-2-3 by Brantley again in the bottom of the inning.

Morandini singled against Mets’ reliever Paul Gibson to open the top of the seventh. Hollins flied out to left fielder Boston and an infield single by Kruk ensued. New York’s Jeff Innis hit both Duncan (loading the bases) and Chamberlain with pitches to force home Morandini. Daulton followed with a walk that plated Kruk and tied the game at 5-5. Innis then got Batiste to hit a ground ball to Randolph for a double play that closed out the inning.

Randolph doubled against Brantley to begin the bottom of the seventh. Schofield’s sacrifice bunt advanced Randolph to third base and Bonilla was given an intentional walk. Dave Gallagher followed with a double to drive home Randolph and Bonilla, giving the Mets a 7-5 lead. On his own hit, Gallagher went to third via a throw. Murray hit a double (the Mets’ sixth) to score Gallagher with the eighth New York run. Phils’ reliever Wally Ritchie retired Boston on a grounder to Morandini. Ritchie then got Pecota to line out to third baseman Hollins and finish off the inning.

Amaro drew a one-out walk against Innis in the top of the eighth. Morandini singled and Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Hollins on a line drive to Randolph. Kruk grounded out to Randolph to end the inning and Ritchie pitched a perfect bottom half. Leading off the top of the ninth, Duncan grounded out to Randolph. Chamberlain was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bonilla. Franco then struck out Daulton to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on the strength of six doubles.