April 17, 1989: Three Home Runs in a Row
|Date: April 17, 1989|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds, Keith Hernandez|
|Key play: Mets' homers in 3rd|
The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams. On the strength of home runs by three consecutive batters, the Mets came away with a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.
The Mets scored in the second inning against Phils' starter Don Carman. Kevin Elster got a two-out double that brought home Howard Johnson with the first run of the game. Sid Fernandez followed with a single to score Elster and give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Carman retired the first batter in the third before Darryl Strawberry came to bat. Darryl hit a home run to left-center field. Kevin McReynolds followed with a homer to left field and Keith Hernandez then hit one over the right-center field wall for the third straight home run by a Mets' hitter. It was 5-0 in favor of New York.
The Phillies got two runs in the fifth against Fernandez. Von Hayes hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Mark Ryal and a two out single by Dickie Thon scored Chris James. Sid was then replaced by Don Aase, who struck out Curt Ford with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Aase shut out the Phillies in the seventh and the eighth. Randy Myers came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Mike Schmidt to hit into a force play for the final out.