June 24, 1989: Darling's First Home Run

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Date: June 24, 1989
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Ron Darling
Key play: Daulton’s double play, Darling’s home run

Ron Darling took the mound to face the Phillies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. Darling notched his fifth win of the season with five shutout innings and hitless relief from the bullpen. Ron helped his own cause with a home run in the Mets’ 4-2 victory.

The Phils missed on a scoring opportunity in the second inning. Three singles off Darling loaded the bases with one out. Darren Daulton then lined out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies, who threw to shortstop Kevin Elster for an inning-ending double play. The Mets got two runs in the bottom of the inning on Mackey Sasser’s ground out to score Jefferies and Floyd Youmans’ wild pitch that brought home Mookie Wilson.

Dave Magadan started the third with a home run off Youmans. One inning later, Darling stepped up to the plate with two out. Ron homered over the left field wall to make the score 4-0. It was the first home run for Darling in his major league career.

In the sixth, the Phillies got their first run of the game on a home run by Ricky Jordan. They added another run when Len Dykstra hit a two-out double that scored Daulton in the seventh. David West came in to relieve Darling and got the final out of the inning.

West, Don Aase and Randy Myers held the Phils without a hit in the eighth and ninth innings. Myers retired Dykstra and Tommy Herr on pop flies to close it out. The Mets had their third consecutive win on some solid pitching (and hitting) from Ron Darling and clutch relief work.