April 23, 1991: Mets Emerge with Win Over Phils

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Date: April 23, 1991
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Ron Darling, Dave Magadan, Kevin Elster
Key play: Magadan’s RBI groundout, Elster’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Despite having only three hits that produced no runs, the Mets still came away with a 2-1 win.

Ron Darling and the Phils’ Jason Grimsley each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Darling yielded three singles and a walk and doubled for the Mets’ lone hit against Grimsley. Vince Coleman walked to lead off the top of the fifth. Coleman advanced to second base on catcher Steve Lake’s passed ball and to third on Tommy Herr’s ground out to second baseman Mickey Morandini. Dave Magadan grounded out to first baseman John Kruk to drive home Coleman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Grimsley retired Hubie Brooks on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra to end the inning. Darling then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Howard Johnson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Kevin McReynolds was retired on a fly ball to Dykstra. Johnson stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Kevin Elster followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Johnson with the Mets’ second run of the game. Grimsley retired Charlie O'Brien on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Charlie Hayes. Darling then held the Phillies to a double by Dykstra in the bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever Joe Boever set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Von Hayes drew a two-out walk against the Mets’ Doug Simons in the bottom of the inning. Charlie Hayes hit a double to score Von Hayes with the Phils’ first run and Simons threw a called third strike past Morandini to close out the inning. Boever surrendered only a walk to Johnson in the top of the eighth. Simons then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

O’Brien singled against Phillies’ reliever Roger McDowell with two outs in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mark Carreon drew a walk and Coleman got an infield single to load the bases. McDowell retired Herr on a line drive to left fielder Von Hayes to finish off the inning and the Mets’ John Franco got pinch-hitter Randy Ready on a grounder to shortstop Elster to begin the bottom half. Kruk singled and Dale Murphy went down on strikes. Von Hayes drew a walk and Franco retired Charlie Hayes on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds for the game’s final out. The Mets had emerged with a victory.