August 8, 1990: Thirteen Hits Romp Phils

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Date: August 8, 1990
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 8
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Miller
Key play: Jefferies’ two-run double, Strawberry’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the middle match of a three-game series. The Mets collected thirteen hits in the first five innings en route to an 8-4 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter David Cone pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Keith Miller got a leadoff single against the Phils’ Don Carman. Dave Magadan drew a walk and Gregg Jefferies hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Charlie Hayes. Kevin McReynolds popped out to first baseman John Kruk and a walk to Darryl Strawberry loaded the bases. Howard Johnson walked to force home Magadan with the first run of the game. Carman then retired Tim Teufel on an inning-ending ground ball to Charlie Hayes.

In the second inning, Cone set down the Phillies in order and drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Miller singled to center field and Magadan flied out to left fielder Von Hayes. Jefferies hit a double to drive home Cone and Miller for a 3-0 Mets lead. McReynolds popped out to Kruk to end the inning and Cone held the Phils to a double by Lenny Dykstra in a scoreless top of the third. The Mets failed to score despite three singles off Carman in the bottom of the inning. To start the top of the fourth, Von Hayes drew a walk and Dale Murphy followed with a single to left field. Kruk flied out to center fielder Miller. Tommy Herr hit a single to left field on which Von Hayes was out at home via a throw by third baseman Teufel to catcher Orlando Mercado. Cone then got Charlie Hayes to fly out to right fielder Strawberry and end the inning.

Miller got his third consecutive single to begin the bottom of the fourth. Magadan singled to center field and an ensuing single by Jefferies plated Miller with the Mets’ fourth run. McReynolds got a bunt single on which Charlie Hayes made an error that allowed Magadan to score. Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jefferies and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Johnson drew a walk and Teufel was called out on strikes. Mercado drew a walk (Carman’s sixth of the game) to load the bases. Carman struck out Cone to end the inning. David then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.

Magadan got a one-out single off Philadelphia reliever Bruce Ruffin in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jefferies flied out to Von Hayes and a double by McReynolds followed. Strawberry hit a single (the Mets’ thirteenth hit) to score Magadan and McReynolds for an 8-0 lead. Johnson hit a force play grounder to shortstop Dickie Thon for the final out of the inning. Leading off the top of the sixth, Darren Daulton homered for the Phillies’ first run of the game. Cone retired the next three batters and Ruffin set down the side in order in the bottom half. Cone hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Ruffin then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Randy Ready drew a walk to open the top of the eighth. Dykstra flied out to Strawberry and a walk to Daulton ensued. Cone got Von Hayes to line out to second baseman Jefferies and yielded a double to Murphy that brought home Ready. Kruk doubled off Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst to score Daulton and Murphy. Whitehurst retired Herr on a pop-up to shortstop Johnson to close out the inning. Phils’ reliever Roger McDowell then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Charlie Hayes grounded out to Jefferies to begin the top of the ninth. Thon hit a grounder to Teufel for the second out of the inning. Whitehurst then retired Ready on a ground ball to Johnson that ended the game. The Mets had a victory with a 13-hit attack.