May 12, 1985: Mets Defeat Phils for Sweep

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Date: May 12, 1985
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Rafael Santana
Key play: Hernandez’s home run, Santana’s RBI groundout

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Ron Darling pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Wally Backman singled against the Phils’ Kevin Gross to lead off the bottom half. Mookie Wilson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Von Hayes. With Keith Hernandez at bat, Backman was caught stealing second base on catcher Darren Daulton’s throw to shortstop Luis Aguayo. Hernandez followed with a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kevin Gross then got Gary Carter to pop out to first baseman Tim Corcoran and end the inning.

Darling shut down the Phillies in the top of the second. Kevin Gross gave up just a single to Howard Johnson in the bottom half and singled himself to open the top of the third. A passed ball by catcher Carter moved Kevin Gross to second base. Jeff Stone got an infield single on which Kevin Gross stayed at second. Greg Gross followed with a ground ball on which Darling threw to third baseman Johnson for an out on Kevin Gross. Mike Schmidt singled to drive home Stone and tie the game. Hayes flied out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and a pop-up by Corcoran was caught by Johnson to finish off the inning. Kevin Gross then yielded only a single to Mookie Wilson in the bottom half.

Darling hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. George Foster hit a single with one out in the bottom of the inning. Danny Heep doubled and Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Rafael Santana grounded out to Aguayo to bring home Foster and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Darling went down on strikes for the third out of the inning and set down the Phils in order in the top of the fifth. Kevin Gross then held the Mets to a double by Mookie Wilson in the bottom half.

Darling retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Heep got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Johnson flied out to right fielder Greg Gross and second baseman Juan Samuel made an error on Santana’s ground ball. Rafael went to second base on the play as Heep came around to score the Mets’ third run of the game. Kevin Gross then retired Darling on a grounder to Aguayo that closed out the inning.

With one out in the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Glenn Wilson homered for the Phils’ second run. Stone flied out to left fielder Foster and a single by Greg Gross ensued. Darling struck out Schmidt to end the inning and Backman drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Larry Andersen to lead off the bottom half. Wally was caught stealing on Daulton’s throw to Aguayo and a single by Mookie Wilson followed. Hernandez grounded out to Corcoran and consecutive walks to Carter and Foster loaded the bases. Don Carman then came in to pitch for the Phillies and threw a called third strike past Heep for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Carman shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Aguayo flied out to Foster to open the top of the ninth. Glenn Wilson was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Kelvin Chapman. Orosco then struck out John Russell to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the weekend series.