September 8, 1990: Twelve Runs and Twelve Hits Rout Phils

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Date: September 8, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 12
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Tommy Herr, Charlie O'Brien, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Herr’s single, McReynolds’ home run, O’Brien’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series at Veterans Stadium. The Mets collected twelve hits that produced a 12-2 win over the Phils.

Philadelphia starter Bruce Ruffin pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Rod Booker drew a walk against the Mets’ Dwight Gooden with one out in the bottom half. Von Hayes followed with a two-run homer and Dale Murphy singled to left field. Darren Daulton hit a double and Charlie Hayes was called out on strikes. Gooden then retired Ricky Jordan on a ground ball to third baseman Gregg Jefferies for the third out of the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Keith Miller and Dave Magadan drew consecutive walks against Ruffin to begin the top of the fourth. Kevin McReynolds doubled to drive home Miller and a pop-up by Darryl Strawberry was caught by third baseman Charlie Hayes. Tommy Herr hit a single to score Magadan and McReynolds for a 3-2 Mets lead. Howard Johnson hit a force play ground ball to Charlie Hayes and a single by Charlie O'Brien ensued. Gooden drew a walk to load the bases and Phillies’ reliever Dennis Cook retired Jefferies on an inning-ending pop-up to catcher Daulton. Gooden then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Miller hit a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning. Magadan singled to drive home Miller with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. McReynolds went down on strikes and Strawberry popped out to second baseman Mickey Morandini. Cook got Herr on a fly ball to right fielder Murphy to end the inning and Gooden shut down the Phils in the bottom half. Philadelphia reliever Tommy Greene pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Gooden then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Magadan drew a walk against Greene to open the top of the seventh. McReynolds slugged a two-run homer and Strawberry doubled against Phillies’ reliever Chuck McElroy. Herr grounded out to Morandini and an intentional walk to Johnson followed. O’Brien and Gooden got back-to-back singles to bring home Strawberry and Johnson, respectively, for an 8-2 Mets lead. Philadelphia’s Darrel Akerfelds retired Jefferies on a grounder to first baseman Jordan and struck out Miller to finish off the inning. Gooden then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Magadan tripled to begin the top of the eighth. McReynolds grounded back to Akerfelds and a sacrifice fly by Strawberry plated Magadan. Herr and Johnson drew consecutive walks and Joe Boever came in to pitch for the Phillies. O’Brien greeted Boever with a double that drove home Herr and Johnson, increasing the Mets’ lead to 11-2. Boever retired Gooden on an inning-ending ground ball to Jordan. Dwight then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the ninth inning, Jefferies homered against Phils’ reliever Chuck Malone for the Mets’ twelfth hit and twelfth run of the game. Miller went down on strikes and Magadan drew a walk. McReynolds was struck out and Strawberry walked. Malone threw a called third strike past Herr to close out the inning and Von Hayes flied out to center fielder Miller to open the bottom half. Murphy was retired on a grounder to Jefferies. Gooden then got Daulton to pop out to first baseman Magadan and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory with a dozen runs and hits.