June 1, 1990: Harrelson's First Win as Manager

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Date: June 1, 1990
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 4
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Gregg Jefferies, Mike Marshall
Key play: Jefferies’ double and homer, Marshall’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. The Mets recorded their first win under new manager Bud Harrelson with a 4-0 triumph over the Phils.

Keith Miller singled against Phillies’ starter Dennis Cook with one out in the top of the first inning. Miller stole second base and scored on an ensuing double by Gregg Jefferies. A balk moved Jefferies to third and Kevin McReynolds went down on strikes. Cook retired Darryl Strawberry on a ground ball to first baseman Ricky Jordan to end the inning. The Phils had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom half. Viola then got Randy Ready on a ground ball to shortstop Kevin Elster for the inning’s final out.

Mike Marshall homered to lead off the top of the second. Elster drew a walk and Cook set down the next three Mets hitters to close out the inning. Viola held the Phillies to a single by Darren Daulton in a scoreless bottom half. With one out in the top of the third, Jefferies hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Cook struck out McReynolds and got Strawberry on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Von Hayes. In the bottom of the inning, Tommy Herr hit a one-out single and Von Hayes followed with a walk. Jordan grounded out to third baseman Howard Johnson. Viola then retired Ready on a grounder to Johnson for the third out.

Viola and Cook each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Strawberry singled with one out and stole second base. Pinch-hitter Tim Teufel singled to drive home Strawberry with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. On the play, Teufel advanced to second on Von Hayes’ throw to the plate. Elster was called out on strikes and Orlando Mercado was given an intentional walk. Cook retired Viola on a ground ball to shortstop Dickie Thon to end the inning. Frank then limited the Phils to a lead off double by Jordan in the bottom half.

Cook pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Daulton drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jim Vatcher hit a ground ball to Johnson for a double play and Lenny Dykstra singled to right field. Viola got Herr on a force play grounder to Elster for the third out and Philadelphia reliever Darrel Akerfelds shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Viola retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half. Akerfelds then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Charlie Hayes singled against Mets’ reliever John Franco. Thon and Daulton followed with consecutive force play grounders to Johnson and second baseman Jefferies, respectively. With pinch-hitter Dave Hollins at bat, Daulton advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Franco then struck out Hollins to end the game. The Mets had their first victory with Harrelson as manager.