April 24, 1991: McReynolds Leads Comeback Win Over Phils

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Date: April 24, 1991
Mets starter: Wally Whitehurst
Mets: 7
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Pete Schourek
Key play: McReynolds’ three-run homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Veterans Stadium. Kevin McReynolds drove in four runs in the Mets’ 7-3 come-from-behind win over Philadelphia.

Phils’ starter Terry Mulholland retired the Mets in order in the top of the first inning. Lenny Dykstra led off the bottom half with a home run against Mets’ starter Wally Whitehurst. Mickey Morandini followed with a single and John Kruk flied out to left fielder McReynolds. Dale Murphy singled to advance Morandini to third base. Von Hayes grounded out to second baseman Tommy Herr to score Morandini with the second Philadelphia run. On the play, Murphy was caught in a rundown and doubled up to end the inning.

Mulholland and Whitehurst each pitched scoreless second and third innings. In the top of the fourth, Herr drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single by Dave Magadan. Mulholland retired the next three batters to close out the inning. In the bottom half, Von Hayes walked with two outs and scored on Charlie Hayes’ double for a 3-0 Phillies lead. Whitehurst then got Rod Booker on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Kevin Elster.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Charlie O'Brien singled and went to third on Mulholland’s error of Whitehurst’s bunt. Vince Coleman hit a ground ball to third baseman Charlie Hayes on which O’Brien was thrown out at the plate. Herr hit a single to center field that scored Whitehurst and sent Coleman to second. Magadan singled to bring home Coleman and reduce the Phils’ lead to 3-2. Mulholland retired Hubie Brooks on a grounder to first baseman Kruk for the third out of the inning. Whitehurst then hurled a perfect bottom half.

McReynolds walked and Elster singled with one out in the top of the sixth inning. O’Brien hit a single to score McReynolds and tie the game. Phillies’ reliever Darrel Akerfelds threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Gregg Jefferies. Coleman hit a grounder to shortstop Booker for a force play to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Pete Schourek then shut down Philadelphia in the bottom half.

Akerfelds walked Herr to begin the top of the seventh inning. Tommy moved around to third on consecutive ground outs by Magadan and Brooks. Howard Johnson was given an intentional walk. McReynolds hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 6-3. Elster hit a fly ball to right fielder Murphy for the third out. Schourek then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Akerfelds shut down the Mets despite a triple by Coleman in the top of the eighth. The Phils were held without a run by Schourek again in the bottom half. Magadan singled off Phillies’ reliever Mitch Williams to start the top of the ninth inning. Williams threw a wild pitch to move Dave to second and retired Daryl Boston on a pop-up to Booker. Johnson struck out and McReynolds doubled to drive home Magadan for the Mets’ seventh run. Williams then got Elster to pop up to second baseman Randy Ready, ending the inning.

Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena retired Murphy on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson to open the bottom of the ninth. Von Hayes hit a grounder to Elster for the second out of the inning. Pena then got Charlie Hayes on a pop-up to catcher O’Brien that finished off the game. The Mets had a comeback victory.

Notes

  • The win for Schourek was the first of his major league career.