April 9, 1991: Cerone and Brooks Hit Clutch Home Runs

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Date: April 9, 1991
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Doug Simons
Key player(s): Rick Cerone, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Cerone’s homer in 9th, Brooks’ homer in 10th

For the second game of the season, Frank Viola and Philadelphia’s Jason Grimsley were the starting pitchers. Viola allowed hits in each of his six innings pitched, but gave up only one run to the Phils. Grimsley pitched well, holding the Mets to three hits and no runs while striking out nine batters in six and one-third innings. Neither pitcher figured in the decision as the Mets came up with a 2-1 win in the bottom of the tenth.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on Randy Ready’s single that scored John Kruk. The Mets were given a chance to score in the seventh when Grimsley threw two wild pitches that advanced Keith Miller to second and third before walking Daryl Boston. Reliever Mitch Williams came in and got Vince Coleman to fly out to center fielder Len Dykstra. Miller tried to score after the catch, but was thrown out at home by Dykstra.

The Mets were still behind by a run in the bottom of the ninth. Rick Cerone stepped up to the plate with one out against Phils’ reliever Roger McDowell. Cerone blasted a home run over the left-center field wall to tie the game. McDowell got the next two hitters out, sending the game to extra innings.

In the tenth, Hubie Brooks came up with two outs against Joe Boever. Brooks hit a high fly ball down the left field line that landed in the seats for a game-winning home run. In only his second game after his return to the team, Hubie became a hero for the Mets.


  • Mets’ pitchers Pete Schourek and Doug Simons made their major league debuts in this game. Each allowed only one hit and recorded a strikeout. Simons wound up the winning pitcher.