June 19, 1988: Cone Pitches Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: June 19, 1988
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 6
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Kevin McReynolds, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: McReynolds’ home run, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams completed a three-game series in front of 46,773 fans on hand. David Cone pitched a two-hit shutout as the Mets came away with a 6-0 win over Philadelphia.

Cone shut down the Phillies easily over the first three innings of the game. David retired the side in order in the first and second and gave up only a walk to Steve Jeltz in the top of the third. Meanwhile, Phils’ starter Don Carman pitched one-hit ball in facing ten batters. The lone hit off Carman was a second-inning home run by Kevin McReynolds that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Cone set down the Phils with a perfect inning. Keith Miller led off the bottom half with a single and Tim Teufel flied out to right fielder Chris James. Darryl Strawberry hit a two-run homer and McReynolds grounded out to shortstop Jeltz. Three straight singles by Gary Carter, Dave Magadan and Barry Lyons produced another run to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Carman then struck out Cone to end the inning.

Cone retired the Phillies in order again in the top of the fifth. The Mets added a run in the bottom half on Teufel’s single that brought home Mookie Wilson. In the top of the sixth, Cone struck out the Phils’ Keith Miller (not related to the Mets’ player of the same name) and Juan Samuel for the last two outs of another perfect inning. The Mets failed to score against Philadelphia reliever Todd Frohwirth in the bottom of the sixth. The Phillies were then set down 1-2-3 by Cone for the fourth straight time in the top of the seventh inning.

Teufel scored on Carter’s force play grounder for the Mets’ sixth run in the bottom of the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Cone retired James on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson and hit Phil Bradley with a pitch. Following Darren Daulton’s force play grounder, Jeltz singled to center field to end David’s bid for a no-hitter. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross followed by hitting in a force play for the third out of the inning. Cone singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, but the Mets added no runs against Phils’ reliever Wally Ritchie in the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Cone fanned Samuel and gave up a single to Milt Thompson. David retired Von Hayes on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry before Thompson stole second base and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Lyons. After Mike Schmidt drew a walk, James hit a fly ball to Strawberry for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on Cone’s two-hitter.