April 19, 1985: Hernandez's Single in 9th Beats Phils

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Date: April 19, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Jesse Orosco, Wally Backman, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Hernandez’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Keith Hernandez hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 1-0 Mets win.

Dwight Gooden and the Phils’ Steve Carlton each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the seventh. The pitchers gave up a combined total of five singles and issued only one walk apiece. Philadelphia reliever Charles Hudson retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Gooden hurled a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Wally Backman singled against Hudson to lead off the top of the ninth. Mookie Wilson’s sacrifice bunt moved Backman to second base. Against the Phillies’ Don Carman, pinch-hitter Rusty Staub grounded out to second baseman Juan Samuel to advance Backman to third. Hernandez followed with a single to score Backman and put the Mets ahead by a run. Gary Carter hit a single against Phils’ reliever Larry Andersen to send Hernandez to third. Andersen then struck out Darryl Strawberry to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Samuel on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Glenn Wilson also flied out to Strawberry. Orosco then got pinch-hitter John Wockenfuss to ground out to shortstop Rafael Santana and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-opening shutout victory.