August 8, 1995: Mets Outlast Phils in Slugfest

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Date: August 8, 1995
Mets starter: Reid Cornelius
Mets: 12
Phillies: 10
Winning pitcher: Reid Cornelius
Key player(s): Carl Everett, Jose Vizcaino, Jeff Kent
Key play: Everett’s homer and double, Kent’s two-run single

The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. In a high-scoring battle, the Mets came away with a 12-10 win over the Phils.

Brett Butler singled against Phillies’ starter Tyler Green to lead off the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded back to Green and a two-run homer by Carl Everett ensued. Jeff Kent popped out to second baseman Mickey Morandini and a fly ball by Rico Brogna was caught by right fielder Mark Whiten for the inning’s third out. To open the bottom half, Morandini singled to center field. Gregg Jefferies and Andy Van Slyke were retired on consecutive outfield fly balls and Whiten hit a double to drive home Morandini. On his own hit, Whiten advanced to third base via an error by right fielder Everett. Mets’ starter Reid Cornelius then threw a called third strike past Darren Daulton to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Butler got a bunt single to lead off the top of the third. Alfonzo singled and Everett drew a walk to load the bases. Kent hit a single that drove home Butler and Alfonzo. Brogna flied out to left fielder Jim Eisenreich and a single by Jose Vizcaino plated Everett for a 5-1 Mets lead. Green was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever Mike Williams, who retired Kelly Stinnett on a pop-up to Morandini. Williams got Damon Buford to ground out to shortstop Kevin Stocker and end the inning. Cornelius then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Williams and Cornelius each pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Brogna homered to begin the top of the fifth. Vizcaino hit a single and Williams retired the next three New York batters to close out the inning. To open the bottom half, Stocker singled and moved to third base on a double by pinch-hitter Tom Marsh. Morandini reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to load the bases and consecutive force play grounders by Jefferies and Van Slyke scored Stocker and Marsh, respectively. Van Slyke stole second and Cornelius retired Whiten on a grounder to second baseman Kent for the inning’s final out. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Phillies’ reliever Paul Fletcher in the top of the sixth.

Leading off the bottom of the sixth inning, Daulton hit a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Cornelius got Eisenreich and Charlie Hayes on consecutive outfield flies and gave up a single to Stocker. Don Florence (in his major league debut) came in to pitch for New York and struck out pinch-hitter Gary Varsho to end the inning. Against the Phils’ Toby Borland in the top of the seventh, the Mets had the bases loaded and one out. Alfonzo hit a pop-up to Morandini for the inning’s second out. Everett followed with a double that drove home Stinnett, Buford and Butler for a 9-4 Mets lead. Borland then got Kent to fly out to Eisenreich and finish off the inning.

Morandini went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the seventh. Jefferies drew a walk and Van Slyke hit a force play ground ball to Kent. Whiten reached on an error by third baseman Alfonzo and a single by Daulton brought home Van Slyke. Florence got Eisenreich on an inning-ending grounder to Kent and a single by Brogna started the top of the eighth. Vizcaino singled and Stinnett hit a double to score Brogna. Philadelphia reliever Mike Mimbs issued a walk to Buford that loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Chris Jones hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Vizcaino and increase the Mets’ lead to 11-5. Mimbs then got Butler on a pop-up to Morandini and struck out Alfonzo to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Dave Telgheder walked Hayes to open the bottom of the eighth. Stocker flied out to center fielder Buford and a single by Dave Gallagher ensued. Morandini singled to load the bases and Jefferies followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Hayes. Telgheder got Van Slyke on an inning-ending ground ball to Kent and a single by Everett opened the top of the ninth. Kent flied out to Whiten and pinch-hitter Tim Bogar popped out to first baseman Jefferies. Vizcaino doubled to drive home Everett for a 12-6 Mets lead. Mimbs then fanned Stinnett to close out the inning.

Whiten hit a single against Telgheder to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Daulton followed with his second home run of the game and pinch-hitter Kevin Jordan (in his first major league at bat) lined out to Buford. Hayes singled and Mets’ reliever Jerry DiPoto issued a walk to Stocker. Gallagher grounded out to Kent and a walk to Morandini loaded the bases. Jefferies singled against reliever John Franco to send home Hayes and Stocker, cutting the Mets’ lead to two runs. Franco then got Van Slyke to hit a force play grounder to Kent that ended the game. The Mets had a hard-fought victory to start the mid-week series.