July 2, 1983: Mets Beat Phils for DH Split

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Date: July 2, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Ron Hodges, Ed Lynch, Doug Sisk
Key play: Hernandez’s and Hodges’ singles, Phillies’ errors

The Mets faced the Phillies in a twi-night doubleheader on a Saturday evening. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split of the twinbill at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The Mets came away with a 4-3 win.

Against Phils’ starter Ed Farmer, Mookie Wilson reached on an error by shortstop Ivan DeJesus to lead off the top of the first inning. Wilson stole second base and Hubie Brooks drew a walk. Keith Hernandez singled to drive home Wilson and a pop-up by George Foster was caught by second baseman Kiko Garcia. Darryl Strawberry was called out on strikes and Ron Hodges hit a single that scored Brooks for a 2-0 Mets lead. On the play, Hernandez got caught in a rundown and was tagged by Garcia for the third out. Mets’ starter Ed Lynch then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Farmer and Phillies’ reliever Tug McGraw combined for a scoreless top of the second. Lynch gave up only a double to Ozzie Virgil in the bottom of the inning and McGraw set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the third. Ed hurled a perfect bottom half and McGraw surrendered just a walk to Hodges in the top of the fourth. Gary Mathews got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Lynch then retired Virgil on a grounder to shortstop Jose Oquendo for the inning’s third out.

McGraw set down all three batters in the top of the fifth. Lynch yielded only a double to DeJesus in the bottom half and Hernandez singled against Philadelphia reliever Ron Reed with one out in the top of the sixth. Keith stole second base and Foster grounded out to DeJesus. Strawberry was walked intentionally and Hodges singled to bring home Hernandez. On the play, left fielder Matthews made an error that allowed Strawberry to score as Hodges advanced to third. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub was given an intentional walk. With Oquendo at bat, pinch-runner Bob Bailor got caught by catcher Virgil’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Tony Perez to end the inning.

Greg Gross hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Schmidt tripled to score Gross and came home on Perez’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Matthews grounded out to third baseman Brooks and a fly ball by Virgil was caught by right fielder Strawberry. Lynch retired Garcia on a foul pop-up to first baseman Hernandez that finished off the inning and Reed set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Phils’ reliever Porfi Altamirano struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. A walk to Gross opened the bottom of the inning. Gross moved around to third base on Schmidt’s and Perez’s consecutive infield ground outs and scored the Phillies’ third run on a single by Matthews. Virgil grounded back to Sisk for the final out of the inning and Bailor got a two-out single in the top of the ninth. Altamirano then got Oquendo on a grounder to Garcia to end the inning.

Garcia grounded out to Sisk to lead off the bottom of the ninth. DeJesus was retired on a ground ball to Hernandez. Sisk then got pinch-hitter Pete Rose to ground out to second baseman Bailor and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.