June 16, 1989: Mets Outlast Phillies in Scoring Battle

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Date: June 16, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 15
Phillies: 11
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Mackey Sasser
Key play: Jefferies’ single and homer, Sasser’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played a high-scoring game to begin a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. In the end, the Mets came away with a 15-11 win over the Phils.

Mookie Wilson singled against Phillies’ starter Bruce Ruffin to lead off the top of the first inning. Howard Johnson flied out to right fielder Von Hayes and a wild pitch moved Wilson to second base. Kevin McReynolds and Darryl Strawberry drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Gregg Jefferies singled to score Wilson and McReynolds with Strawberry advancing to third. Strawberry came home on a wild pitch and Dave Magadan doubled to plate Jefferies. Magadan went to third on Barry Lyons’ ground out to third baseman Randy Ready and scored on Kevin Elster’s infield single. David Cone singled and Wilson hit a single to drive home Elster. Johnson and McReynolds followed with singles that brought home Cone and Wilson, respectively, for an 8-0 Mets lead. Ruffin then struck out Strawberry to end the inning.

Ready homered against Mets’ starter Cone to open the bottom of the first. Tommy Herr hit a double and Hayes popped out to second baseman Jefferies. John Kruk tripled to drive home Herr and scored on a single by Juan Samuel. Ricky Jordan followed with a two-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Cone then retired Dickie Thon and Darren Daulton on consecutive infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs.

Ruffin and Philadelphia reliever Greg Harris combined for a scoreless top of the second. Cone pitched a perfect bottom half and Johnson tripled to open the top of the third. McReynolds singled to bring home Johnson and a line drive by Strawberry was caught by Hayes. Jefferies grounded out to second baseman Herr and an intentional walk to Magadan followed. Harris struck out Lyons to finish off the inning and walks to Hayes and Kruk began the bottom half. Hayes advanced to third base after Samuel’s fly out to right fielder Strawberry and a pop-up by Jordan was caught by shortstop Elster. Hayes came home on catcher Lyons’ passed ball and Thon hit a single to score Kruk, reducing the Mets’ lead to 9-7. Cone was then replaced on the mound by New York’s Roger McDowell, who issued a walk to Daulton and retired pinch-hitter Mark Ryal on a grounder to first baseman Magadan that ended the inning.

Phils’ reliever Don Carman pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Ready was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom half. Herr hit a single and Hayes drew a walk to load the bases. Kruk singled to drive home Ready and reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Samuel followed with a force play ground ball to Elster that plated Herr and tied the game. Jordan grounded out to Magadan to score Hayes and put the Phillies ahead, 10-9. McDowell then retired Thon on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson to close out the inning.

Carman gave up only a double to Strawberry in the top of the fifth. The Phils failed to score after loading the bases against McDowell in the bottom half and Magadan doubled to begin the top of the sixth. Dave moved to third base on Lyons’ ground out to shortstop Thon and scored on Elster’s single to tie the game at 10-10. On his own hit, Elster was out via a throw by center fielder Samuel to second baseman Herr. Pinch-hitter Mark Carreon hit a double and Carman fanned Wilson for the inning’s third out. Against Mets’ reliever Don Aase, the Phillies failed to score with the bases loaded once again in the bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever Jeff Parrett set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Hayes doubled against Aase with one out in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Randy Myers retired Kruk on a grounder to Jefferies that moved Hayes to third base. Samuel followed with a triple to bring home Hayes and give the Phils an 11-10 lead. Myers then struck out Jordan to end the inning.

Against Parrett, Jefferies reached via an error by Ready to open the top of the eighth. Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian retired Magadan on a fly ball to left fielder Bob Dernier. Jefferies stole second base and pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser followed with a double that scored both Jefferies and Mazzilli. On his own hit, Sasser went to third via a throw to the plate. Lenny Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Sasser for a 13-11 Mets lead. Wilson was hit by a pitch and Bedrosian retired Johnson on an inning-ending fly ball to Dernier. Myers then gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Steve Lake in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the ninth, McReynolds doubled and moved to third base on an error by Dernier. Myers was called out on strikes and Jefferies homered to increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Bedrosian got both Magadan and Mazzilli to ground out to Herr, who was retired on a line drive to Elster leading off the bottom of the inning. Myers then fanned Hayes and got Kruk on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds for the game’s final out. The Mets had emerged with a victory in a wild offensive battle.