April 15, 1992: Five Runs in 1st Bury Phils

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Date: April 15, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 7
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Dave Gallagher, Daryl Boston
Key play: Murray’s double, Gallagher’s single, Boston’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the first inning and rolled to a 7-2 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden pitched a perfect top of the first. Willie Randolph singled against the Phils’ Kyle Abbott to lead off the bottom half. Dick Schofield hit a force play grounder to third baseman Dave Hollins and a single by Dave Magadan ensued. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base and Bobby Bonilla flied out to center fielder Ruben Amaro. Eddie Murray hit a double to drive home Schofield and Magadan for a 2-0 Mets lead. Dave Gallagher singled to score Murray and moved to second on a throw. Daryl Boston followed with a homer that extended the Mets’ lead to five runs. Abbott then got Charlie O'Brien to ground out to Hollins and end the inning.

Gooden and Abbott each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third. Darren Daulton doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Wes Chamberlain went down on strikes and a double by Mariano Duncan brought home Daulton. Gooden issued an intentional walk to Kim Batiste and got Abbott on a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s third out. Abbott then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Gooden retired all six Philadelphia hitters in the fifth and sixth innings. Abbott surrendered only a pair of walks in shutting down the Mets in the bottom halves. Duncan opened the top of the seventh with a double to right field. Batiste got an infield single and Gooden was replaced on the mound by Wally Whitehurst. As a pinch-hitter for Abbott, Wally Backman singled to drive home Duncan. Amaro followed with a ground ball to shortstop Schofield for a double play. Whitehurst struck out Mickey Morandini to end the inning. Phillies’ reliever Curt Schilling then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Whitehurst set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Magadan singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Bonilla and Murray drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Gallagher scored pinch-runner Rodney McCray for a 6-2 Mets lead. An intentional walk to Boston reloaded the bases and O’Brien drew a walk to force home pinch-runner Junior Noboa. Schilling was then relieved by Philadelphia’s Steve Searcy, who got pinch-hitter Howard Johnson on a grounder to shortstop Batiste for an inning-ending double play.

Chamberlain singled against Mets’ reliever Tim Burke to begin the top of the ninth inning. Duncan lined out to Schofield and a fly ball by Batiste was caught by right fielder McCray. Burke then retired Backman on a ground ball to first baseman Murray to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.