September 28, 1987: Three-Man Shutout of Phillies
|Date: September 28, 1987|
|Mets starter: John Candelaria|
|Winning pitcher: John Candelaria|
|Key player(s): John Candelaria, Rick Aguilera, Howard Johnson|
|Key play: Johnson’s double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Three Mets pitchers teamed up for a shutout in a 1-0 win over the Phils.
Phillies’ starter Kevin Gross gave up only a single to Lenny Dykstra in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ John Candelaria yielded just a double to Juan Samuel in the bottom half and Kevin McReynolds doubled to open the top of the second. Gary Carter grounded out to second baseman Samuel and a double by Howard Johnson drove home McReynolds for a one-run Mets lead. Gross retired Rafael Santana and Candelaria on consecutive infield grounders for the inning’s final outs. Candelaria then gave up just a single to Chris James in the bottom of the inning.
Gross and Candelaria each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. The Mets were retired in order by Gross in the top of the sixth and Glenn Wilson singled against New York’s Rick Aguilera with two outs in the bottom half. James lined out to center fielder Dykstra to end the inning and Johnson drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Santana walked and Gross struck out both Aguilera and Dykstra to finish off the inning. Aguilera then held the Phils to a single by pinch-hitter Milt Thompson in the bottom half.
Philadelphia relievers Jeff Calhoun and Kent Tekulve combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Aguilera hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Tekulve set down all three batters in the top of the ninth. Thompson singled against Aguilera to open the bottom half. Luis Aguayo’s sacrifice bunt sent Thompson to second base and the Mets’ Randy Myers threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Ron Roenicke. Myers then got Samuel to line out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.