Mike Schmidt smashed a three-run homer and afterward confessed, "I'm having more full now than I've ever had in baseball."
Schmidt's euphoria is understandable. He has been on base 22 times in his last 26 at-bats. He is so enthusiastic that he doesn't even get mad when a pitcher hits him. "When I get hit like that it's proof that I'm a good hitter," said Schmidt, who was hit by a Nino Espinosa pitch Thursday night. "It means I'm staying in there, keeping my shoulder down on those tight pitches."
Schmidt socked his homer in the third inning, Greg Luzinki's single and an error produced the winning runs in the fourth for Philadelphia.
Garry Maddox opened the Phillie's third with a single and took third on Larry Bowa's double. Schmidt then hit his 25th homer of the season to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead against Espinosa, 4-7.
The Mets raked Philadelphia starter Randy Lerch for four hits and four runs in the fourth, Steve Henderson started it with a triple and scored on John Stearn's single. Doug Flynn later doubled across a third run and Espinosa singled home two more for a 4-3 Met lead.
But the Phillies came back in the last of the fourth to knock out Espinosa and go ahead, 5-4. Maddox and Bowa singled and Schmidt walked to load the bases with two out.
Luzinski then singled off Lenny Randles' glove at third, scoring Maddox, and when the ball bounced to Bud Herrelson at short, he threw past first for an error, allowing Bowa to score.