April 16, 1987: Mets Complete Sweep of Phils

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Date: April 16, 1987
Mets starter: Rick Aguilera
Mets: 9
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Wally Backman, Rick Aguilera
Key play: Backman’s two-run single, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 9-3 win over the Phils.

Lenny Dykstra tripled against Philadelphia starter Joe Cowley to lead off the top of the first inning. Consecutive walks to Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez load the bases. Gary Carter followed with a ground ball on which third baseman Mike Schmidt threw to catcher Lance Parrish for an out at home on Dykstra. Darryl Strawberry walked to force home Backman with the first run of the game. Kevin McReynolds was called out on strikes and Howard Johnson drew a walk that brought home Hernandez for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cowley retired Rafael Santana on an inning-ending pop-up to Schmidt. Mets’ starter Rick Aguilera then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Aguilera got a leadoff single against Cowley in the top of the second inning. Rick advanced to third base on an ensuing double by Dykstra. Backman singled to drive home Aguilera and Dykstra for a four-run New York lead and moved to second on center fielder Milt Thompson’s error. Phillies’ reliever Tom Hume retired Hernandez on a fly ball to Thompson. Carter hit a triple to bring home Backman. Strawberry followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Hume got McReynolds to fly out to right fielder Glenn Wilson and retired Johnson on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Steve Jeltz. Aguilera then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Philadelphia’s Michael Jackson struck out the side in order in the top of the third. Aguilera yielded only a single to Juan Samuel in the bottom of the inning and Backman drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Wally advanced to third base on Hernandez’s single and Carter went down on strikes. Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to score Backman and send Hernandez to second. McReynolds reached on an error by Schmidt that allowed Keith to come home and extend the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Jackson retired Johnson on a fly ball to Wilson that closed out the inning. Aguilera then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Jackson retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Aguilera hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Phils’ reliever Dan Schatzeder set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Samuel singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Von Hayes was struck out and Samuel went to third on another wild pitch. Luis Aguayo hit a single to bring home Samuel with the Phillies’ first run of the game. Mike Easler reached on an error by second baseman Backman. Aguilera then threw a called third strike past Parrish for the inning’s final out.

After a scoreless seventh, Schatzeder gave up just a single to Dykstra in the top of the eighth. Samuel doubled to lead off the bottom half. Aguayo followed with a double to score Samuel and reduce the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Easler singled to plate Aguayo with the Phils’ third run. Parrish drew a walk and Chris James went down on strikes. Jeltz then grounded back to Aguilera for the third out of the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian gave up only a double to Mookie Wilson in the top of the ninth. To begin the bottom half, New York’s Terry Leach got pinch-hitter Ron Roenicke to ground out to first baseman Lee Mazzilli. Thompson was retired on a ground ball to Backman. Leach then got Samuel to pop out to Backman and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.

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