September 13, 1989: Gooden Relieves, Mets Trounce Phils

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Date: September 13, 1989
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 10
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Dave Magadan, Tom O'Malley
Key play: Gooden's shutout innings, Magadan's and O'Malley's two-run singles

The Mets and Phillies played the finale of a three-game series on a Wednesday night. After splitting the first two games, the teams squared off in the rubber match at Veterans Stadium. In the first relief appearance of his career, Dwight Gooden pitched three scoreless innings and the Mets pounded out 13 hits in a 10-4 win over Philadelphia.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Phils' starter Jason Grimsley in the top of the first inning. Mets' starter Bob Ojeda retired the side in order in the bottom half. Grimsley pitched a perfect top of the second and a one-out home run by Randy Ready gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Ojeda got Dickie Thon to ground out to shortstop Kevin Elster. He then retired Charlie Hayes on a ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez for the third out.

Grimsley walked Gregg Jefferies to open the top of the third inning. Juan Samuel hit into a force play and a home run by Howard Johnson put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Kevin McReynolds popped out to shortstop Thon and back-to-back singles by Hernandez and Mackey Sasser followed. Grimsley got Mark Carreon to fly out to right fielder Von Hayes and end the inning. Ojeda then pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half.

In the top of the fourth, Jefferies homered with two outs for the Mets' third run of the game. Ojeda walked Tommy Herr to begin the bottom of the inning. Von Hayes flied out to center fielder Samuel and a home run by Ricky Jordan tied the game at 3-3. Ready popped out to Hernandez and Thon hit a grounder to Keith that ended the inning. Grimsley retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Ojeda then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Sasser singled and Carreon walked to start the top of the sixth inning. Elster laid down a successful sacrifice bunt against Philadelphia reliever Todd Frohwirth. Pinch-hitting for Ojeda, Dave Magadan singled off the Phils' Dennis Cook to bring home pinch-runner Lou Thornton and Carreon for a 5-3 Mets lead. Cook then got Jefferies on a fly ball to center fielder Bob Dernier and fanned Samuel for the final two outs of the inning.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Dwight Gooden came in to pitch for the Mets. Gooden yielded a single to Herr and struck out the next two batters. Dwight then got Ready on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out. Cook retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Gooden recorded two outs and walked pinch-hitter Curt Ford in the bottom of the inning. After Ford stole second base, Dwight got pinch-hitter Dale Murphy for an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Jefferies.

Barry Lyons doubled off Phillies' reliever Jeff Parrett to open the top of the eighth inning. Parrett struck out Carreon and walked Elster before retiring Gooden on a line drive to Dernier. Jefferies was walked intentionally to load the bases. Samuel got an infield single to score Lyons and stretch the Mets' lead to 6-3. Johnson struck out to end the inning. Gooden then limited the Phils to a two-out single by Von Hayes in a scoreless bottom half.

Parrett walked McReynolds to begin the top of the ninth inning. After two outs, Carreon singled and Elster walked to load the bases. As a pinch-hitter for Gooden, Tom O'Malley delivered a single to center field that plated McReynolds and Carreon. Against reliever Chuck McElroy, Jefferies singled to bring home Elster. Samuel followed with another single to score O'Malley for the tenth Met run. McElroy then fanned Johnson to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Julio Machado retired Ready on a grounder to Elster to start the top of the ninth. Thon singled and moved to second base on Charlie Hayes' ground out to Hernandez. Darren Daulton hit a single that brought home Thon. Machado then retired pinch-hitter John Kruk on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory highlighted by timely hitting and Gooden's shutout relief.