September 26, 1982: Mets Come Back to Beat Phils
|Date: September 26, 1982|
|Mets starter: Rick Ownbey|
|Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo|
|Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Ellis Valentine, Mookie Wilson|
|Key play: Brooks’ home run, Valentine’s double, Wilson’s single|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 6-4 win over Philadelphia.
Pete Rose got a one-out single against Mets’ starter Rick Ownbey in the top of the first inning. Gary Matthews doubled and Mike Schmidt drew a walk to load the bases. George Vukovich grounded out to second baseman Brian Giles to drive home Rose. Ozzie Virgil walked to reload the bases and a walk to Luis Aguayo forced home Matthews for a 2-0 Phils lead. Ownbey fanned Ivan DeJesus for the third out. Phillies’ starter John Denny then gave up only a single to Ron Gardenhire in the bottom half.
Ownbey yielded just a double to Garry Maddox in the top of the second. Gary Rajsich drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Ron Hodges went down on strikes and Hubie Brooks hit a double to drive home Rajsich. Brooks advanced to third base on Giles’ single and scored the tying run on Ownbey’s ground out to shortstop DeJesus. Denny then retired Mike Howard on a fly ball to center fielder Maddox to end the inning.
Following a scoreless third, Aguayo singled to begin the top of the fourth. DeJesus and Denny drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Maddox was struck out. Rose walked to force home Aguayo and a sacrifice fly by Matthews plated DeJesus for a 4-2 Philadelphia lead. Schmidt reached on third baseman Brooks’ error to load the bases once again and Ownbey retired Vukovich on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Dave Kingman. Leading off the bottom half, Brooks homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Denny then set down the next three batters to finish off the inning.
After Denny and Mets’ reliever Pat Zachry pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings, New York’s Charlie Puleo shut down the Phillies in the top of the seventh. Howard drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Ed Farmer to begin the bottom half. Gardenhire singled and advanced to third base on Ellis Valentine’s double that brought home Howard. Kingman was walked intentionally to load the bases and Farmer was replaced on the mound by Phils’ reliever Tug McGraw. Pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson greeted McGraw with a single that scored Gardenhire and Valentine, putting the Mets ahead by two runs. Hodges hit a force play grounder to third baseman Schmidt. With Brooks at bat, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Hubie went down on strikes and Giles was given an intentional walk that reloaded the bases. McGraw then retired Puleo on a fly ball to left fielder Matthews for the inning’s third out.
Puleo held the Phillies to a single by Maddox in the top of the eighth. McGraw pitched a perfect bottom half and Vukovich was struck out to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Greg Gross also went down on strikes. Puleo then got pinch-hitter Willie Montanez to fly out to left fielder Howard and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory.