Phillies, Mets Try to Catch Cubs in NL East

136441-9046415frThe Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets met at Veterans Stadium as the two team tried to pull even with the Chicago Cubs in a hotly contested NL East.

New York brought the 19-year old rookie, Dwight Gooden in to make the start for the first of a four-game series in Philly.

Gooden came in with a 7-2 record, 2.23 ERA and 102 strikeouts – all among the National League’s best.

For Philadelphia, Jerry Koosman (5-5, 3.10) took the mound, also putting together a fine season though not quite worthy of a Cy Young Award.

The Mets tried to take an early lead, with Wally Backman leading off with a walk, but getting thrown out at the plate by Von Hayes on a one-out double by Keith Hernandez.

In the bottom of the 1st, Juan Samuel singled, stole second, moved to third on a grounder to Hernandez at first, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayes to make it 1-0, Phillies.

For the next four innings, Gooden and Koosman were both on their games. Gooden struck out 6 men and also got the Phils to bat into a pair of double plays. Koosman worked around four hits and an error to keep it a 1-0 game.

That ended in the top of the 6th when Darryl Strawberry led off with his 6th homer of the season, tying the game up 1-1.

Koosman finished strong, however, striking out the side in the 8th inning and finishing his night off with 8 strikeouts.

Philly threatened in the bottom of the 8th, putting two men on against Gooden with one out. Pinch-hitter Jeff Stone came on and singled into left, sending Ozzie Virgil home only to have him thrown out at the plate by veteran George Foster.

Gooden gave way to Doug Sisk, who walked Samuel to load the bases and then retire Len Matuszek on a fly out to left.

Philly loaded the bases again in the bottom of the 9th, but Ivan DeJesus flew out to center to give them three more men left on base.

In the 10th, Sisk walked three men after retiring the first two batters.

In came Jesse Orosco, who promptly walked Tim Corcoran to force in the winning run.

A literal walk-off win for Philadelphia, who moved 1.5 games back of Chicago in the division while knocking New York down 3.5 games.

Sisk walked 6 of the 13 men he faced in a shake outing out of the New York bullpen.

It wasn’t all good news for Philly, however, as MVP candidate Von Hayes went down with a two-game injury. He’ll be replaced by Garry Maddox, who is hitting just .182 this season.


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