June 18, 1988: Comeback in 14th Overtakes Phils

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Date: June 18, 1988
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Gary Carter, Keith Miller
Key play: Carter’s sacrifice fly, Miller’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. After falling behind in the top of the 14th inning, the Mets scored twice in the bottom half for a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Sid Fernandez and the Phils’ Shane Rawley each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Fernandez gave up just a pair of walks while Rawley limited the Mets to a single by Tim Teufel. Sid shut down the Phillies again in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Teufel singled and advanced to third base on a single by Dave Magadan. Darryl Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Teufel with the first run of the game. Kevin McReynolds drew a walk and Gary Carter flied out to left fielder Phil Bradley. Rawley then struck out Howard Johnson to end the inning.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Mike Schmidt doubled to lead off the top of the seventh. Schmidt went to third base after Chris James’ fly out to right fielder Strawberry. Bradley drew a walk and Von Hayes followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Schmidt with the tying run. Luis Aguayo was walked intentionally and Fernandez fanned Rawley to close out the inning. Rawley then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell retired the Phils on three straight ground balls to second baseman Teufel in the top of the eighth. Rawley hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and James hit a one-out single against McDowell in the top of the ninth. James advanced to second base on catcher Carter’s passed ball and to third on a single by Bradley. New York’s Randy Myers got Hayes to hit a grounder on which third baseman Keith Miller threw to Carter for an out at home on James. Myers then retired Aguayo on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra that finished off the inning.

Teufel drew a leadoff walk against Rawley in the bottom of the ninth. Magadan’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Wally Backman to second base and Strawberry was given an intentional walk. Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian struck out McReynolds. Carter followed with a single on which Backman tried to score. Bradley made a throw to catcher Lance Parrish for an out at the plate on Backman to end the inning and send the game onward.

Steve Jeltz drew a walk to open the top of the 10th. Juan Samuel singled to send Jeltz to third base and pinch-hitter Mike Young was called out on strikes. With Parrish at bat, Samuel was caught stealing on Carter’s throw to second baseman Backman. Parrish went down on strikes to close out the inning and Bedrosian pitched a perfect bottom half. Myers set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the 11th. Bedrosian then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Gene Walter hurled a perfect top of the 12th. Strawberry singled against Phils’ reliever Greg Harris to begin the bottom half. McReynolds reached on Harris’s error and a walk to Carter loaded the bases. Dykstra hit a ground ball on which first baseman Hayes threw to Parrish for an out at home on Strawberry. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser followed with a grounder on which second baseman Samuel threw to Parrish for an out at the plate on McReynolds. Parrish then threw to Hayes to complete an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Terry Leach pitched a scoreless top of the 13th. Harris yielded only a single to Backman in the bottom half and Bradley singled with one out in the top of the 14th. Hayes hit a single to send Bradley to third base and pinch-hitter Greg Gross drew a walk that loaded the bases. Jeltz hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Bradley and put the Phillies ahead, 2-1. Leach then struck out Samuel to end the inning.

Magadan drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Wally Ritchie to open the bottom of the 14th. Strawberry was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Young. McReynolds singled off the Phils’ Todd Frohwirth, who then threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third base. Carter followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Magadan and retied the game. Dykstra and Sasser were given intentional walks to load the bases. Miller then delivered a single to score McReynolds with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory in extra innings.