September 9, 1987: Mookie and Straw Slug Mets Past Phils

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Date: September 9, 1987
Mets starter: Rick Aguilera
Mets: 11
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, Rick Aguilera
Key play: Strawberry’s and Wilson’s homers, Aguilera’s two singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Darryl Strawberry and Mookie Wilson combined for three homers and seven runs batted in as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 11-5.

After two scoreless innings, Steve Jeltz hit a triple against Mets’ starter Rick Aguilera with one out in the top of the third. Shane Rawley followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Jeltz for a 1-0 Phils lead. Juan Samuel was struck out to end the inning and Rawley pitched a perfect bottom half. Aguilera yielded only a single to Von Hayes in the top of the fourth. Rawley then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Glenn Wilson homered for the Phillies’ second run to lead off the top of the fifth. Keith Hughes grounded back to Aguilera and a fly ball by Jeltz was caught by left fielder Kevin McReynolds. Rawley grounded out to third baseman Howard Johnson to finish off the inning and retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. Aguilera then set down all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the sixth.

Keith Hernandez singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Strawberry hit a two-run homer to tie the game and McReynolds followed with a single to left field. Carter hit a double and advanced to third base on Johnson’s single that scored McReynolds to put the Mets ahead. With Phils’ reliever Michael Jackson on the mound, Johnson stole second. Rafael Santana went down on strikes and Aguilera singled to bring home Carter. Mookie Wilson slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Jackson then got Tim Teufel to fly out to center fielder Milt Thompson and fanned Hernandez for the inning’s final out.

Aguilera retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Strawberry doubled against Philadelphia reliever Mike Maddux to begin the bottom half. McReynolds was struck out and Carter hit a single to score Strawberry. Johnson followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jeltz and stole second base. Santana drew a walk and Aguilera singled to plate Johnson with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Maddux then got Mookie Wilson on a grounder to Jeltz that closed out the inning.

To open the top of the eighth, Hughes singled and Jeltz drew a walk. An ensuing triple by pinch-hitter Jeff Stone scored Hughes and Jeltz. Samuel hit a single to bring home Stone and cut the Mets’ lead to 9-5. Aguilera was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco, who got pinch-hitter Chris James to fly out to center fielder Mookie Wilson. Orosco then fanned Hayes and retired Mike Schmidt on a fly ball to McReynolds for the third out of the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Tom Newell (in his major league debut) got Teufel on a grounder to Jeltz to begin the bottom of the eighth. Dave Magadan drew a walk and Strawberry followed with his second two-run homer of the game. McReynolds and Carter got back-to-back singles and the Phils’ Freddie Toliver issued an intentional walk to Johnson that loaded the bases. Santana fouled out to first baseman Hayes. Toliver then struck out Orosco to end the inning.

Lance Parrish flied out to Mookie Wilson to open the top of the ninth. Glenn Wilson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Orosco then got pinch-hitter Rick Schu to ground out to Johnson and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.