August 15, 1985: Mets Outlast Phils with 3-Run 8th

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Date: August 15, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 10
Phillies: 7
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Tom Paciorek, Lenny Dykstra
Key play: Mets’ three homers in 1st, Dykstra’s double in 8th

The Mets and Phillies concluded a four-game series on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a three-hour and 28-minute game in front of 36,663 fans on hand. The Mets broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning for a 10-7 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden walked Greg Gross to lead off the top of the first inning. Tom Foley hit into a force play and moved to second base on Gooden’s wild pitch. Juan Samuel grounded out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire and a single by Mike Schmidt scored Foley. Gooden then retired Von Hayes on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster for the third out of the inning.

In the bottom of the first, Phils’ starter Jerry Koosman walked leadoff hitter Wally Backman. An ensuing home run by Tom Paciorek put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Darryl Strawberry flied out to left fielder Gross before Gary Carter homered for another Mets run. Foster drew a walk and Ray Knight hit the Mets’ third home run of the inning for a 5-1 lead. Gardenhire grounded out to first baseman Schmidt. Koosman then struck out Ronn Reynolds to end the inning.

The Phillies had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the second inning. Koosman grounded out to first baseman Carter to drive home Glenn Wilson. Gooden retired Gross on a grounder to second baseman Backman for the third out and Koosman set down the first two Met batters in the bottom half. Paciorek walked, Strawberry singled and Carter singled for the Mets’ sixth run. Philadelphia reliever Dave Shipanoff then retired Foster on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Foley.

Samuel hit a one-out triple in the top of the third. Schmidt followed with a home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Hayes flied out to center fielder Strawberry before a single by Wilson. Gooden struck out Darren Daulton for the third out. Shipanoff then retired the Mets in order for the first scoreless inning of the game in the bottom half.

In the top of the fourth, Rick Schu led off with a home run for the Phillies’ fifth run. Gooden struck out Shipanoff and gave up a single to Gross. Foley hit a grounder to shortstop Rafael Santana for an inning-ending double play. Shipanoff set down three consecutive batters after a single by Gooden in the bottom half.

Gooden and Shipanoff each pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Mets’ reliever Terry Leach yielded a double to Wilson to begin the top of the sixth. Leach struck out Daulton and Schu and retired pinch-hitter Derrel Thomas on a fly ball to right fielder Danny Heep to end the inning. In the bottom half, Phils’ reliever Larry Andersen shut down the Mets with a 1-2-3 inning.

Leach walked Gross and Foley to open the top of the seventh inning. After Samuel’s sacrifice bunt, Schmidt was walked intentionally to load the bases. Facing Tom Gorman, Hayes reached on an error by Santana that scored Gross to tie the game. Wilson hit a grounder back to the mound on which reliever Doug Sisk threw home for a force out on Foley. Sisk then retired Daulton on a grounder to first baseman Paciorek for the third out.

Backman and Paciorek hit back-to-back singles off Andersen to start the bottom of the seventh. Against Phillies’ reliever Dave Rucker, Strawberry grounded out to score Backman from third and reclaim the lead for the Mets. Heep grounded out and Foster was given an intentional walk. Knight then flied out to Gross for the last out of the inning.

Schu singled off Sisk to begin the top of the eighth. For the Mets, Jesse Orosco came in to pitch and retired pinch-hitter Garry Maddox on a ground ball to Backman. As a pinch-hitter for Gross, Ozzie Virgil hit a single to bring home Schu and retie the game at 7-7. Foley then flied out to right fielder Strawberry (who had shifted from center field) and Orosco fanned Samuel to end the inning.

Philadelphia’s Don Carman struck out Santana to open the bottom of the eighth. Reynolds singled and advanced to second on Orosco’s sacrifice bunt. Backman drew an intentional walk and Len Dykstra hit a double to send home Reynolds, putting the Mets back in front. Strawberry followed with a fly ball to left field on which Hayes (shifted from center) made an error. Backman and Dykstra scored on the play for the Mets’ ninth and tenth runs. Carman then retired Keith Hernandez on a grounder to second baseman Samuel for the third out.

Schmidt walked and Hayes hit into a force play to start the top of the ninth inning. Wilson flied out to Strawberry for the second out. Orosco then got pinch-hitter John Wockenfuss on a pop-up to Backman to end the game. The Mets had their third victory of the four-game set.

Notes

  • Paciorek’s home run was his only one as a Met.