August 3, 1987: Hernandez Homers in 11th
|Date: August 3, 1987|
|Mets starter: Don Schulze|
|Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell|
|Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Strawberry's and Hernandez's home runs|
The Mets began a three-game series with the Phillies on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 50,297 was on hand to watch an extra-inning battle that lasted three and one-half hours. In the end, the Mets came out with a 3-2 win on a home run by Keith Hernandez in the bottom of the 11th.
The night started off on a sour note for the Mets. During his warmup, Sid Fernandez was injured and could not start the game. Don Schulze was called on to pitch and held the Phils scoreless in each of the first two innings. Meanwhile, Darryl Strawberry's first-inning home run off Philadelphia's Don Carman with Hernandez on base gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Mike Schmidt singled with two out. Lance Parrish followed with a home run to tie the game for the Phillies. Schulze retired Chris James for the third out and then pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Meanwhile, Carman faced the minimum nine batters (striking out four) from the third inning to the fifth in shutting down the Mets.
Doug Sisk came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the sixth inning. Sisk retired the Phils in order and followed up with two more scoreless innings. However, the Mets were unable to score against Carman, who allowed only a sixth-inning single to Mookie Wilson and a walk to Lee Mazzilli in the eighth.
For the Mets, Jesse Orosco pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Wally Ritchie did the same for Philadelphia in the bottom half. Each team put two runners on base in the tenth, but failed to score. Roger McDowell then shut down the Phils in the top of the 11th inning.
Phillies' reliever Kent Tekulve retired the first two Met batters in the bottom of the 11th. Hernandez then came up to the plate and homered to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory.