April 19, 1989: Mazzilli's Homer in 8th Overtakes Phils

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Date: April 19, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Mazzilli’s three-run homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Lee Mazzilli hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

David Cone and the Phils’ Steve Ontiveros each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the third, Cone retired the side in order and led off the bottom half with a single to center field. Lenny Dykstra singled and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Tim Teufel grounded out to third baseman Mike Schmidt to drive home Cone with the first run of the game. Keith Hernandez followed with a single on which Dykstra was out at home via a throw by right fielder Curt Ford to catcher Darren Daulton. Darryl Strawberry was given an intentional walk and Kevin McReynolds drew a walk to load the bases. Ontiveros then retired Howard Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Von Hayes for the inning’s third out.

Cone and Ontiveros allowed two hits apiece in hurling scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Schmidt drew a walk and went to second base on a wild pitch to begin the top of the sixth. Hayes doubled to score Schmidt and tie the game. Ricky Jordan grounded out to first baseman Hernandez to move Hayes to third and Daulton was hit by a pitch. With Dickie Thon at bat, Hayes got caught on a throw by catcher Mackey Sasser and was tagged out by third baseman Johnson. Cone threw a called third strike past Thon to finish off the inning. Phillies’ reliever Jeff Parrett then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless seventh inning, Chris James grounded out to shortstop Kevin Elster to open the top of the eighth. Schmidt hit a double to left field and Hayes was walked intentionally. Jordan singled to drive home Schmidt and give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Cone was then replaced on the mound by Randy Myers, who got Daulton on a line drive to Elster for a double play that closed out the inning.

Parrett struck out Hernandez and Strawberry to begin the bottom of the eighth. McReynolds hit a double and Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian issued a walk to Johnson. As a pinch-hitter for Barry Lyons, Mazzilli slugged a home run that lifted the Mets into a two-run lead. Bedrosian then threw a called third strike past Elster for the final out of the inning.

Myers retired Bob Dernier on a line drive to second baseman Teufel to start the top of the ninth. Steve Jeltz drew a walk and pinch-hitter Juan Samuel went down on strikes. Myers then got Tommy Herr to line out to center fielder Dykstra and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.


  • This was Schmidt’s last game at Shea of his 18-season Hall of Fame career.