September 17, 1995: Brogna Slams the Phillies

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Date: September 17, 1995
Mets starter: Reid Cornelius
Mets: 8
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Reid Cornelius
Key player(s): Rico Brogna, Jeff Kent
Key play: Brogna's grand slam in 3rd & homer in 5th, Kent's homer in 7th

The Mets and Phillies played the finale of a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon. The fans at Shea Stadium were treated to an outstanding display of slugging. Rico Brogna hit two home runs (one a grand slam) to lead the Mets to an 8-2 win.

Brogna singled with one out in the second inning off Philadelphia starter Mike Williams. Todd Hundley followed with a walk and Ryan Thompson singled to score Brogna for a 1-0 Met lead. Reid Cornelius then kept the Phillies scoreless in the top of the third.

Jose Vizcaino got a one-out single in the bottom of the third. After a wild pitch, Williams walked Carl Everett and Jeff Kent to load the bases. Brogna followed with a grand slam to increase the Mets' lead to five runs. Thompson added a double in the inning, but was left stranded at second base.

The Phils got a run when Jim Eisenreich singled home Charlie Hayes in the top of the fourth inning. Brogna hit his second homer of the game in the fifth off Phillies' reliever Jeff Juden. Mark Whiten then homered off Cornelius in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-2 game.

Everett singled and stole second base to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Kent followed with a homer off the Phils' Russ Springer for two more New York runs. Springer then struck out the next three Met batters to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Jerry DiPoto pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning. In the ninth, he held the Phillies scoreless to end the game. The Mets had a victory to complete a three-game sweep of the series.