August 9, 1990: Torve's Double Beats Phillies After Brawl

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Date: August 9, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Kelvin Torve, Howard Johnson
Key play: Johnson's home run, Torve's double

The Mets and Phillies completed a three-game series on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams hooked up in a three-hour and 34-minute battle that included a bench-clearing brawl. After peace was restored, Kelvin Torve hit a two-run double that put the Mets ahead to stay for an eventual 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

Dwight Gooden and Phillies' starter Pat Combs each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Gooden retired the first two batters and gave up a single to Charlie Hayes. Dickie Thon was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base for the Phils. Dwight then got Combs to hit a grounder to shortstop Howard Johnson for an inning-ending force play.

Combs walked Tim Teufel and Mackey Sasser with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Gooden got a bunt single to load the bases. A force play grounder by Keith Miller scored Teufel for a 1-0 Mets lead. Combs then threw a called third strike past Dave Magadan to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Lenny Dykstra got a leadoff double and went to third on Darren Daulton's ensuing single. Von Hayes hit into a force play on which Dykstra scored to tie the game. Gooden set down the next two Phillie batters to end the inning and Combs shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Singles by Tommy Herr and Charlie Hayes began the top of the fourth and Gooden retired the next two batters. Dykstra followed with his second double for two runs and a 3-1 Phils lead. Daulton singled to move Dykstra to third base and Von Hayes grounded out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies. Combs then retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Gooden shut down the Phillies despite hitting Herr with a pitch in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, Dwight came up to lead off and was hit by Combs' pitch. Dwight ran to the mound and threw a punch at Combs. Catcher Daulton tackled Gooden and the members of both dugouts poured out onto the field. A 20-minute brawl between the teams erupted. When it was over, a total of six players (including Combs and Gooden) and Phillies' coach Mike Ryan were were ejected.

For the Mets, Ron Darling entered as a pinch-runner for Gooden. Phils' reliever Darrel Akerfelds got Miller to ground out to third baseman Charlie Hayes and retired Magadan on a fly ball to right fielder Dale Murphy. Jefferies flied out to center fielder Dykstra for the third out of the battle-scarred inning. Mets' reliever Bob Ojeda then pitched a scoreless top of the sixth.

Akerfelds walked Kevin McReynolds and got Daryl Boston to hit into a force play to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Boston stole second base and went to third on a wild throw by catcher Tom Nieto (who had replaced the ejected Daulton.) An ensuing home run by Johnson tied the game at 3-3. Tom O'Malley singled and Sasser followed with a double to right field. Pinch-hitting for Ojeda, Torve delivered a double to right field that brought home O'Malley and Sasser and put the Mets two runs ahead. Akerfelds then fanned Miller, walked Magadan and retired Jefferies on a fly ball to left fielder Von Hayes.

Mets' reliever Alejandro Pena walked Nieto to open the top of the seventh inning. Von Hayes got an infield single to put the tying runs on base with none out. Pena got Murphy to hit a double play ground ball to Jefferies. He then retired Kruk on an inning-ending grounder to Johnson. Akerfelds then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Charlie Hayes singled off Mets' reliever John Franco with one out in the top of the eighth inning. Thon struck out and pinch-hitter Randy Ready hit a single on which Charlie Hayes moved to third. Dykstra singled to score Charlie Hayes and reduce the Mets' lead to one run. Nieto lined out to right fielder Miller for the third out. Phils' reliever Joe Boever then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Von Hayes and Murphy hit back-to-back singles to begin the top of the ninth inning. Franco struck out pinch-hitter Sal Campusano and got Herr to hit a grounder to Johnson for a force play at second base. Charlie Hayes then hit a ground ball to Jefferies for the final out of the game. The Mets had a hard-fought victory to close out the series.