June 17, 1989: Ojeda Blanks Phils on Three Hits

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Date: June 17, 1989
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds’ double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Veterans Stadium. Bob Ojeda pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Howard Johnson singled against Phils’ starter Larry McWilliams with two outs in the top of the first inning. Kevin McReynolds followed with a double that drove home Johnson for a one-run Mets lead. McWilliams retired Gregg Jefferies on a ground ball to third baseman Steve Jeltz for the third out and Tommy Herr hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Von Hayes was retired on a grounder to first baseman Dave Magadan. Ojeda then struck out Juan Samuel to end the inning.

McWilliams hurled a perfect top of the second. Ojeda gave up only a single to John Kruk in the bottom half and McWilliams set down the Mets in order again in the top of the third. Bob retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom of the inning and Jefferies reached on an error by shortstop Dickie Thon with two outs in the top of the fourth. Magadan grounded out to second baseman Herr to finish off the inning and Samuel drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Ojeda then fanned Kruk for the inning’s final out.

The Mets failed to score despite four hits and a walk against McWilliams from the fifth inning to the eighth. Ojeda retired all twelve Phillies batters in the bottom halves. Magadan got a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Barry Lyons grounded to Jeltz for a double play and Kevin Elster drew a walk. Ojeda grounded out to McWilliams to end the inning and struck out pinch-hitter Bob Dernier to start the bottom half. Jeltz singled for the Phils’ third hit and Herr hit a force play grounder to third baseman Johnson. Ojeda then got Hayes to fly out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Bob’s shutout.