June 25, 1984: Twelve Hits Put Away Phils

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Date: June 25, 1984
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 10
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Ron Gardenhire, Ron Darling
Key play: Gardenhire’s single, Hernandez’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. The Mets collected twelve hits that produced a 10-5 win over the Phils.

Wally Backman doubled against Phillies’ starter Charles Hudson to lead off the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson went down on strikes and Keith Hernandez drew a walk. Hudson struck out both Darryl Strawberry and George Foster to end the inning and the Mets’ Ron Darling pitched a perfect bottom half. Mike Fitzgerald singled to open the top of the second. Ron Gardenhire and Jose Oquendo were struck out. Darling followed with a single on which left fielder Jeff Stone made an error that allowed Fitzgerald to come home. On the play, Darling advanced to third base via an error by catcher Ozzie Virgil. Backman singled to score Darling for a 2-0 Mets lead. Wally stole second and Hudson retired Mookie Wilson on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Von Hayes. Darling then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Hernandez hit a double to begin the top of the third. Strawberry drew a walk and Foster flied out to Hayes. Fitzgerald walked to load the bases and Gardenhire singled to drive home Hernandez and Strawberry. On the hit, Fitzgerald got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Oquendo fouled out to first baseman Tim Corcoran to end the inning and Juan Samuel singled with one out in the bottom half. With Stone at bat, Samuel was caught by Darling’s pickoff throw to first baseman Hernandez. Stone hit a single and came around to score on a double by Hayes. Darling then got Mike Schmidt to ground out to shortstop Oquendo and finish off the inning.

Darling doubled to open in the top of the fourth. Backman drew a walk and Hudson was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever Jim Kern. Mookie Wilson hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Luis Aguayo. Hernandez followed with a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Strawberry walked and stole second base. Darryl moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the eighth New York run as Foster reached on a fielder’s choice grounder. Fitzgerald hit a force play ground ball to Aguayo and a strikeout of Gardenhire ended the inning. Darling then yielded only a single to Corcoran in the bottom half.

Kern set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter John Russell hit a home run. Aguayo grounded out to Oquendo and a double by Stone ensued. Hayes was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Backman. Schmidt drew a walk and Darling fanned Corcoran to close out the inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Phillies’ reliever Dave Wehrmeister to begin the top of the sixth. Mookie stole second and Hernandez drew a walk. Strawberry was struck out and Foster singled to drive home Mookie Wilson. Fitzgerald hit a single to score Hernandez for a 10-2 Mets lead. Wehrmeister struck out Gardenhire and retired Oquendo on an inning-ending fly ball to Stone. Darling then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Wehrmeister pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Aguayo walked against Darling to lead off the bottom of the inning. Stone tripled to drive home Aguayo and a strikeout of Hayes ensued. Schmidt drew a walk and Corcoran singled to score Stone, cutting the Mets’ lead to 10-4. Garry Maddox singled off Mets’ reliever Tim Leary to load the bases. Virgil was retired on a pop-up to Hernandez. DeJesus was hit by a pitch to force home Schmidt with the Phils’ fifth run of the game. Leary then got pinch-hitter Glenn Wilson to foul out to Hernandez and finish off the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Bill Campbell gave up only a double to Foster (the Mets’ twelfth hit) in the top of the eighth. New York’s Jesse Orosco pitched a scoreless bottom half and Campbell set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Corcoran drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Maddox popped out to Hernandez and a fly ball by Virgil was caught by center fielder Mookie Wilson. Orosco then got Kiko Garcia to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Gardenhire for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the series.

Notes

  • After arguing the call on the pickoff in the third inning, Samuel was ejected from the game by umpire Dave Pallone