September 16, 1995: Mets Hold Off Phillies

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Date: September 16, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Telgheder
Mets: 10
Phillies: 8
Winning pitcher: Dave Telgheder
Key player(s): Carl Everett, Rico Brogna, Dave Telgheder
Key play: Telgheder’s RBI single, Everett’s double, Brogna’s homer and double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets held off a Phils comeback attempt and came away with a 10-8 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Dave Telgheder yielded only a single to Charlie Hayes in the top of the second. Todd Hundley drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Tommy Greene with one out in the bottom half. Ryan Thompson lined out to left fielder Tom Marsh and a walk to Tim Bogar followed. Telgheder hit a single to drive home Hundley with the first run of the game. Damon Buford walked to load the bases and Jose Vizcaino drew a walk to force home Bogar. Carl Everett doubled to score Telgheder, Buford and Vizcaino for a 5-0 Mets lead. Phillies’ reliever Jeff Juden then struck out Jeff Kent to end the inning.

Kevin Elster drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third. Elster moved to second base on Juden’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Mickey Morandini. Andy Van Slyke went down on strikes and consecutive singles by Gregg Jefferies and Mark Whiten scored Elster and Morandini, respectively. Hayes grounded out to second baseman Kent to finish off the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Rico Brogna hit a home run for a 6-2 Mets lead. Juden then struck out the next three batters to end the inning.

Lenny Webster hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth. Elster grounded out to third baseman Bogar and a fly ball by pinch-hitter Kevin Jordan was caught by center fielder Thompson to close out the inning. Telgheder and Buford got back-to-back singles against Phils’ reliever Tyler Green to begin the bottom half. Vizcaino laid down a bunt on which Green threw to third baseman Hayes for a force out on Telgheder. Everett was retired on a line drive to Hayes, who then threw to first baseman Jefferies for an out on Vizcaino and an inning-ending double play.

Telgheder hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Kent hit a double against Green to open the bottom half. Jeff advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on a double by Brogna. Hundley drew a walk and Thompson hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Morandini. Bogar drew a walk and went to second on Green’s wild pitch that scored Brogna. Pinch-hitter Bill Spiers singled to plate Bogar and increase the Mets’ lead to 9-3. Philadelphia reliever Paul Fletcher then retired Buford on a grounder to Hayes for the inning’s final out.

Hayes homered against Mets’ reliever Blas Minor to lead off the top of the sixth. Minor set down the next three Phillies batters and Fletcher surrendered only a walk to Everett in the bottom half. Morandini got a one-out single against Minor in the top of the seventh. Van Slyke singled and Jefferies lined out to right fielder Everett. Whiten hit a double to drive home Morandini and Van Slyke. With Mets’ reliever Doug Henry on the mound, Whiten moved to third base on a balk. Hayes drew a walk and Marsh singled to bring home Whiten, cutting the Mets’ lead to 9-7. Henry got Webster to line out to first baseman Brogna and end the inning. Phils’ reliever Toby Borland then gave up just a single to Bogar in the bottom half.

A double by Elster against Mets’ reliever Paul Byrd began the top of the eighth. Elster went to third base on catcher Hundley’s passed ball and scored on Jim Eisenreich’s sacrifice fly to reduce the New York lead to 9-8. Byrd fanned both Morandini and Van Slyke to close out the inning and Buford drew a walk against Borland to open the bottom half. Vizcaino was retired on a line drive to right fielder Whiten. Buford stole second and Everett was called out on strikes. Kent hit a single on which Hayes made an error that allowed Buford to come home with the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Brogna singled against Philadelphia reliever Steve Frey, who then got Hundley to fly out to Whiten and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Jefferies on a grounder to Bogar to open the top of the ninth. Whiten was retired on a pop-up to Kent. Franco then got Hayes to fly out to Thompson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had stopped a Phillies rally effort and emerged with a victory.