August 8, 1994: Lindeman and Kent Lead Mets Past Phils

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Date: August 8, 1994
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Jim Lindeman, Jeff Kent
Key play: Lindeman’s home run, Kent’s triple

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Jim Lindeman and Jeff Kent combined for four extra-base hits in a 3-2 Mets win over the Phils.

Philadelphia starter Danny Jackson pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Jim Eisenreich singled against the Mets’ Bobby Jones. John Kruk hit a single and Tony Longmire singled to drive home Eisenreich with the game’s first run. Jones retired Mickey Morandini on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ryan Thompson and a double by Kent opened the top of the second. Jackson followed up by striking out three of the next four New York batters to end the inning. Jones then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Lindeman hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the top of the third. Bobby Bonilla was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Kruk for the third out and Jones set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Jackson and Jones pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings and Lindeman doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Bonilla grounded back to the mound and Kent followed with a triple that scored Lindeman for a 2-1 Mets lead. Jackson fanned both Thompson and David Segui to close out the inning. Jones then retired the Phils 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Jeromy Burnitz hit a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Jones reached on an error by third baseman Mariano Duncan to advance Burnitz to third. Jeromy came home with the Mets’ third run of the game on Jose Vizcaino’s force play ground ball to shortstop Kevin Stocker. Jackson struck out Kelly Stinnett and got Lindeman on a grounder to second baseman Morandini for the final out of the inning. Mike Lieberthal got an infield single to begin the bottom half. Stocker grounded out to first baseman Segui and a single by pinch-hitter Ricky Jordan moved Lieberthal to third. Jones then stuck out both Lenny Dykstra and Duncan to end the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Heathcliff Slocumb pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Kruk hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Longmire singled to bring home Kruk with the Phils’ second run and John Franco came in to pitch for the Mets. Franco got Morandini to hit a ground ball to second baseman Kent for an inning-ending double play. With one out in the top of the ninth, Burnitz singled to right field. Todd Hundley was stuck out and Vizcaino followed with a single. Slocumb then threw a called third strike past Franco for the inning’s last out.

Lieberthal singled to open the bottom of the ninth. Stocker’s sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Billy Hatcher to second base and pinch-hitter Pete Incaviglia flied out to left fielder Joe Orsulak. Dykstra drew a walk to keep the Phillies’ chances alive. Franco then got Duncan on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start what would be the final series of the strike-shortened ’94 season.