April 20, 1986: Fernandez and McDowell Blank Phils

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Date: April 20, 1986
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 8
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Danny Heep, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Strawberry’s sacrifice fly, Heep’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell teamed up for a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Fernandez yielded only a single to Gary Redus in the top of the first inning. Lenny Dykstra singled against Phils’ starter Kevin Gross to lead off the bottom half. Wally Backman hit a single to advance Dykstra to third base. With Keith Hernandez at bat, Backman got caught in a rundown on Gross’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Mike Schmidt. Hernandez drew a walk and Darryl Strawberry followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Dykstra. Gary Carter singled and Danny Heep slugged a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Howard Johnson hit a single and stole second. Gross then struck out Rafael Santana to end the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Fernandez set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Sid drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Dykstra hit a double play ground ball to Schmidt and a triple by Backman ensued. Hernandez singled to score Backman and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Strawberry singled and Gross retired Carter on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Rick Schu. Schmidt singled for the Phillies’ second hit to open the top of the fifth. Glenn Wilson flied out to center fielder Dykstra and a strikeout of John Russell followed. Garry Maddox drew a walk and Fernandez fanned Steve Jeltz to close out the inning. Philadelphia reliever Dave Rucker then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Fernandez retired the Phils in order in the top of the sixth. Sid hit a single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dykstra reached on an error by second baseman Greg Legg. With Backman at the plate, Fernandez stole third base and came home on an error by catcher Russell. Dykstra moved to second on the miscue and went to third on Backman’s sacrifice bunt. Hernandez went down on strikes and Strawberry hit a single to bring home Dykstra, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Carter doubled to plate Strawberry with the eighth New York run and advanced to third on Russell’s passed ball. Rucker then struck out Heep to finish off the inning.

Fernandez set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Santana and Fernandez got back-to-back singles against Phillies’ reliever Larry Andersen with one out in the bottom half. Dykstra grounded to Legg for an inning-ending double play and Fernandez shut down the Phils once again in the top of the eighth. Philadelphia’s Dave Stewart gave up just a double to Backman in the bottom half and McDowell retired Redus on a fly ball to Dykstra to open the top of the ninth. Luis Aguayo went down on strikes. McDowell then fanned Schu for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory on a combined two-hitter.