August 9, 1989: Ojeda Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: August 9, 1989
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 6
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Juan Samuel, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter
Key play: Samuel’s and Strawberry’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bob Ojeda pitched a seven-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over the Phils.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Juan Samuel homered to give the Mets an early one-run lead. Tim Teufel grounded out to third baseman Charlie Hayes and a walk to Darryl Strawberry followed. Strawberry advanced to second base on a balk and Phillies’ starter Dennis Cook retired Kevin McReynolds on a pop-up to second baseman Tommy Herr for the third out. Ojeda then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Cook held the Mets to a single by Gary Carter in the top of the second. Ojeda gave up just a single to Charlie Hayes in the bottom of the inning and Cook struck out the side in order in the top of the third. Bob Dernier got a one-out single in the bottom half. Herr singled and Von Hayes flied out to center fielder Samuel to end the inning. Cook then retired all three Mets batters in the top of the fourth.

Ricky Jordan hit a single to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Randy Ready reached on third baseman Gregg Jefferies’ error and a single by Charlie Hayes loaded the bases. Dickie Thon hit a ground ball on which Ojeda threw to catcher Carter for an out at home on Jordan. Carter followed up with a throw to first baseman Teufel to complete a double play. Steve Lake was walked intentionally to load the bases once again. Ojeda then got Cook to fly out to Samuel and finish off the inning.

Carter doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Kevin Elster hit a single to drive home Carter and moved to second base on Ojeda’s sacrifice bunt. Keith Miller was retired on a grounder to Charlie Hayes. Samuel reached third on Charlie Hayes’ error that allowed Elster to score for a 3-0 Mets lead. Teufel hit a double to bring home Samuel and a homer by Strawberry extended the New York lead to six runs. Cook retired McReynolds on a fly ball to center fielder Dernier that closed out the inning. Ojeda then surrendered only a walk to Herr in the bottom half.

Carter and Elster got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the sixth. Cook struck out Ojeda and Philadelphia reliever Todd Frohwirth retired Miller on an inning-ending ground ball back to the mound. Ojeda pitched a perfect bottom half and Frohwirth gave up just a walk to Teufel in the top of the seventh. Ojeda retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Carter doubled (his fourth hit of the game) against the Phillies’ Jeff Parrett with two outs in the top of the eighth. Gary advanced to third base on a wild pitch and Parrett fanned Elster for the inning’s third out. Ojeda then set down all three Phils batters in the bottom half.

Miller got a one-out double against Phillies’ reliever Roger McDowell in the top of the ninth. Samuel drew a walk and Teufel hit a double play grounder to shortstop Thon to close out the inning. Ready singled to lead off the bottom half. Charlie Hayes hit a double to send Ready to third base and Thon popped out to Teufel. Lake was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Elster and a walk to Curt Ford loaded the bases. Ojeda then got Dernier to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Miller for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Bob’s seven-hitter.