August 8, 1989: Cone Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: August 8, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 9
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Tim Teufel, Barry Lyons, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Teufel’s double in 2nd, Lyons’ and Strawberry’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series. David Cone pitched a shutout in a 9-0 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Bruce Ruffin retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Cone gave up only a double to Lenny Dykstra in the bottom half and Darryl Strawberry singled to lead off the top of the second. Tim Teufel hit a double to drive home Strawberry for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mark Carreon grounded out to Ruffin and a fly ball by Barry Lyons was caught by right fielder Von Hayes. Ruffin struck out Kevin Elster to end the inning. Cone then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Lyons hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fifth. Elster drew a walk and advanced to second base on Cone’s sacrifice bunt. Keith Miller doubled to bring home Elster and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Ruffin retired Juan Samuel on a ground ball to shortstop Steve Jeltz to close out the inning and Cone surrendered just a walk to Darren Daulton in the bottom half. Philadelphia reliever Larry McWilliams hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Dykstra singled to open the bottom of the inning. Tommy Herr flied out to left fielder Carreon and a single by Hayes sent Dykstra to third. Cone then got John Kruk to hit a grounder to third baseman Howard Johnson for an inning-ending double play.

Carreon and Lyons got back-to-back singles against McWilliams to begin the top of the seventh. Elster went down on strikes and Cone reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan drew a walk against Phillies’ reliever Todd Frohwirth to force home Carreon. Samuel was hit by a pitch to score Lyons with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Johnson hit a force play grounder to Jeltz that brought home Cone for a 6-0 New York lead. Strawberry followed with a homer to increase the Mets’ advantage to nine runs. Teufel hit a double and Frohwirth retired Carreon on a ground ball to Jeltz to finish off the inning. Cone then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Frohwirth pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Cone yielded only a single to Jeltz in the bottom of the inning and Philadelphia reliever Terry Mulholland hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Randy Ready grounded out to third baseman Gregg Jefferies to begin the bottom half. Bob Dernier was called out on strikes. Cone then got Kruk to ground out to first baseman Magadan and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on David’s shutout.