September 7, 1992: Four Runs in 2nd Lift Mets Over Phils

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Date: September 7, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Dick Schofield
Key play: Hundley’s single, Schofield’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on Labor Day in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. The Mets scored four runs in the second inning and came away with a 6-3 win over the Phils.

Phillies’ starter Terry Mulholland pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Stan Javier reached on an error by third baseman Chico Walker. John Kruk took a called third strike and Javier stole second base. A single by Dave Hollins scored Javier with the first run of the game. Mets’ starter Pete Schourek then got Darren Daulton to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Dick Schofield and end the inning.

Eddie Murray and Bobby Bonilla opened the top of the second with back-to-back singles. Jeff Kent drew a walk to load the bases. Todd Hundley singled to drive home Murray and Bonilla. An ensuing double by Schofield brought home Kent and sent Hundley to third base. Schourek followed with a sacrifice fly to score Hundley for a 4-1 Mets lead. Mulholland struck out Vince Coleman and Ryan Thompson to finish off the inning. Schourek then limited the Phillies to a single by Mariano Duncan in a scoreless bottom half.

After pitching a perfect top of the third, Mulholland led off the bottom of the inning with a single to center field. Ruben Amaro lined out to center fielder Thompson. Javier went down on strikes and Kruk doubled to advance Mulholland to third base. Schourek retired Hollins on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Coleman. Mulholland then set down the Mets in order on three ground balls to shortstop Juan Bell in the top of the fourth.

Daulton drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth inning. Duncan followed with a single to right field. Tom Marsh hit a grounder to Schofield for a double play as Daulton moved to third base. Bell doubled to score Daulton with the Phils’ second run of the game. With pinch-hitter Jim Lindeman at bat, Bell advanced to third on a wild pitch. Schourek then got Lindeman to ground out to second baseman Kent and end the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Andy Ashby retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Schourek held the Phils to a triple by Kruk in the bottom of the inning. Consecutive walks to Walker and Murray began the top of the sixth. Bonilla grounded out to first baseman Kruk to advance the runners to second and third base. Kent reached on a fielder’s choice grounder that brought home Walker and walk to Hundley loaded the bases. Schofield hit a sacrifice fly against the Phillies’ Bob Ayrault to score Murray with the Mets’ sixth run. Ayrault got Schourek on an inning-ending pop-up to Bell. Duncan hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Marsh flied out to Thompson (sending Duncan to third) and Bell drew a walk. Schourek then retired pinch-hitter Todd Pratt on a fly ball to Coleman for the inning’s third out.

Phils’ reliever Greg Mathews pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. With one out in the bottom half, Javier drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Kruk. Hollins popped out to first baseman Murray and a double by Daulton scored Javier. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis then came in to pitch and got Duncan on a grounder to third baseman Bill Pecota to close out the inning.

Mathews set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Mickey Morandini opened the bottom of the inning with a pinch-hit infield single. Pinch-hitter Jeff Grotewald followed with a ground ball to Schofield for a double play. Innis retired pinch-hitter Braulio Castillo on a grounder to Murray to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, Pecota got a two-out single (and moved to second base on left fielder Castillo’s error) against Phillies’ reliever Mike Hartley. Kevin Bass drew a walk. Hartley then retired Thompson on a pop-up to shortstop Duncan (who had shifted from second to replace Bell) for the final out of the inning.

Javier singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Kruk grounded out to Murray and a walk to Hollins ensued. Daulton drew a walk (the tenth of the game) to load the bases. Innis was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Anthony Young, who got Duncan to hit a force play ground ball to Schofield that ended the game. Despite allowing hits in each of the nine innings, the Mets had come away with a Labor Day victory.