April 15, 1987: Mets Down Phillies With Five-Hitter

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Date: April 15, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Wally Backman, Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Backman’s single, Carter’s and Strawberry’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Three Mets pitchers teamed up for a five-hitter in a 4-1 win over the Phils.

Sid Fernandez and the Phillies’ Kevin Gross each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Rafael Santana singled to lead off the top of the third. Santana advanced to second base on Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt and Lenny Dykstra flied out to center fielder Milt Thompson. Wally Backman hit a single to score Santana for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kevin Gross retired Keith Hernandez on a pop-up to shortstop Steve Jeltz for the inning’s third out. Fernandez then gave up only a single to Mike Schmidt in the bottom half.

Kevin Gross faced the minimum nine batters from the fourth inning to the sixth. Fernandez responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves despite issuing three walks and yielding a triple to Chris James. Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry began the top of the seventh with back-to-back home runs against Philadelphia reliever Kent Tekulve. Kevin McReynolds popped out to Jeltz and a walk to Howard Johnson ensued. Johnson stole second base and moved to third on Santana’s single. The Phils’ Dan Schatzeder got pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli to pop out to first baseman Von Hayes. Schatzeder then retired Dykstra on a pop-up to Jeltz that ended the inning.

Thompson hit a leadoff single against Mets’ reliever David Cone in the bottom of the seventh. Juan Samuel popped out to shortstop Santana and a walk to Hayes followed. Schmidt and Lance Parrish were retired on fly balls to right fielder Strawberry for the inning’s final outs and Schatzeder hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Cone set down the side in order in the bottom half and Strawberry doubled to open the top of the ninth. Darryl advanced to third base after McReynolds’ fly out to right fielder James. Johnson was called out on strikes and Santana reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to plate Strawberry for a 4-0 Mets lead. Rafael went to second on catcher Parrish’s passed ball. Schatzeder then threw a called third strike past Cone to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Greg Gross singled against Cone to begin the bottom of the ninth. Thompson singled for the Phils’ fifth hit and Samuel flied out to Strawberry. Hayes drew a walk to load the bases and Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk retired Schmidt on a ground ball to Santana that brought home Greg Gross. Sisk then got Parrish to ground out to first baseman Hernandez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.