August 5, 1987: Strawberry and Carter Slug Mets Past Phils

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Date: August 5, 1987
Mets starter: John Mitchell
Mets: 13
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: John Mitchell
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter
Key play: Strawberry’s homer, Carter’s double and homers

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Darryl Strawberry and Gary Carter combined for seven runs batted in as the Mets trounced Philadelphia, 13-3.

Mets’ starter John Mitchell pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Wally Backman singled against the Phils’ Kevin Gross with one out in the bottom half. A balk advanced Backman to second base and Keith Hernandez drew a walk. Strawberry followed with a home run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Kevin McReynolds hit a single and Carter flied out to center fielder Milt Thompson. McReynolds stole second and scored on a single by Howard Johnson for the Mets’ fourth run. With Rafael Santana at bat, Johnson stole second. Gross then retired Santana on a pop-up to second baseman Luis Aguayo to end the inning.

Darren Daulton drew a one-out walk in the top of the second. A wild pitch moved Daulton to second base and Aguayo went down on strikes. Steve Jeltz walked and Gross singled to drive home Daulton. An ensuing single by Thompson plated Jeltz and reduced the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Mitchell got Glenn Wilson on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Backman. Gross then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mitchell hurled a scoreless top of the third inning. With one out in the bottom half, Carter hit a solo home run. Johnson singled and Santana followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Jeltz. Mitchell grounded out to third baseman Mike Schmidt to end the inning and set down the Phillies in order in the top of the fourth. Gross retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Wilson doubled to open the top of the fifth. Consecutive infield ground outs by Von Hayes and Schmidt brought home Wilson. Mitchell then fanned Chris James for the inning’s final out.

Leading off the bottom of the fifth, Strawberry was hit by a pitch. McReynolds followed with a single to left field. Carter doubled to send home Strawberry and McReynolds, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Johnson was given an intentional walk and Santana singled to score Carter. With Jeff Calhoun on the mound for the Phils, Mitchell advanced the runners to second and third base with a sacrifice bunt. Lenny Dykstra was hit by a pitch to load the bases and moved to third on Backman’s single that scored Johnson and Santana. Hernandez hit a force play ground ball to Aguayo to drive home Dykstra for an 11-3 Mets lead. Calhoun then walked Strawberry and got McReynolds on a line drive to Schmidt for the third out.

Daulton drew a walk to begin the top of the sixth inning. Aguayo hit a force play grounder to third baseman Johnson and moved to second base on single by Jeltz. Mitchell retired pinch-hitter Ron Roenicke on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra. On Thompson’s ensuing single, Aguayo was out at home via a throw by Dykstra to catcher Carter to end the inning. Against Philadelphia reliever Michael Jackson, Carter led off the bottom half with his second home run of the game. Jackson then set down the next three New York batters to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Dykstra doubled against Jackson to open the bottom of the inning. Backman grounded out to Jeltz to advance Dykstra to third base and Kent Tekulve came in to pitch for the Phillies. Barry Lyons hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Dykstra with the Mets’ thirteenth run and Strawberry singled to right field. Tekulve retired McReynolds on a grounder to Aguayo that ended the inning and Myers set down the Phils in order in the top of the eighth. Wilson (coming in from right field) then took the mound and retired all three Mets hitters in the bottom half.

Jeltz grounded back to Myers to begin the top of the ninth. Jeff Stone was struck out and Thompson singled to right field. Myers then got Wilson to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Santana for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory and a sweep of the series.