June 19, 1987: Mitchell and Four Homers Bury Phillies

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Date: June 19, 1987
Mets starter: John Mitchell
Mets: 8
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: John Mitchell
Key player(s): John Mitchell, Howard Johnson, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Johnson’s home run in 2nd

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 46,824 fans on hand. John Mitchell pitched a complete game and the Mets hit four home runs in an 8-1 victory over Philadelphia.

Following a scoreless first inning, Mitchell shut down the Phils again in the top of the second. Gary Carter reached on third baseman Mike Schmidt’s error to lead off the bottom half. Phillies’ starter Don Carman retired Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Glenn Wilson. An ensuing homer by Howard Johnson gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Rafael Santana got a single and Carman struck out Mitchell to end the inning. John then retired the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the third.

Mookie Wilson homered to begin the bottom of the third inning. Keith Miller grounded out to Schmidt and a single by Keith Hernandez followed. Carman got Carter to fly out to left fielder Greg Gross and retired Strawberry on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Steve Jeltz. Mitchell pitched a perfect top of the fourth and McReynolds hit a home run to start the bottom half. Johnson grounded back to Carman and a homer by Santana (the Mets’ fourth of the game) extended the New York lead to 5-0. Mitchell flied out to Glenn Wilson and a line drive by Mookie Wilson was caught by first baseman Von Hayes to end the inning. The Phillies were shut down by Mitchell in the top of the fifth. Philadelphia reliever Tom Hume then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mitchell and Hume each pitched scoreless ball in the sixth inning. John set down the Phillies in order in the top of the seventh and doubled off reliever Dan Schatzeder to lead off the bottom half. Mookie Wilson went down on strikes and Miller singled to advance Mitchell to third base. A single by Hernandez plated Mitchell for the Mets’ sixth run. Carter singled to drive home Miller and a force play grounder by Strawberry sent Hernandez to third. A single by McReynolds plated Hernandez for an 8-0 Mets lead. Schatzeder then retired Johnson on a fly ball to Gross for the final out of the inning.

Mitchell set down all three Philadelphia batters on grounders to second baseman Miller in the top of the eighth. Phils’ reliever Jeff Calhoun hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning. In the top of the ninth, Schmidt led off with a single and moved to second on Hayes’ ground out to first baseman Hernandez. Glenn Wilson singled to left field to drive home Schmidt with the Phillies’ first run. Lance Parrish was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson. Mitchell then got Jeltz to ground out to shortstop Santana and end the game. The Mets had a series-opening triumph as Mitchell recorded his first major league win.