April 22, 1989: Fernandez and McDowell Five-Hit Cubs

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Date: April 22, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Lenny Dykstra, Kevin McReynolds, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Dykstra’s double, McReynolds’ single, Hernandez’s home run

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell combined on a five-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win over Chicago.

Fernandez and the Cubs’ Greg Maddux each started the game with two scoreless and hitless innings pitched. To begin the top of the third, Shawon Dunston drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Rick Wrona. Maddux grounded out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies to drive home Dunston and strikeouts of Jerome Walton and Mitch Webster ended the inning. Dave Magadan walked to open the bottom half. Fernandez grounded out to Maddux and a fly ball by Mookie Wilson was caught by left fielder Webster. Lenny Dykstra hit a double to score Magadan and a walk to Jefferies ensued. Kevin McReynolds singled to bring home Dykstra and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Maddux then struck out Keith Hernandez to finish off the inning.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Walton singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Webster drew a walk and Fernandez retired both Ryan Sandberg and Andrew Dawson on infield pop-ups to close out the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Hernandez homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Howard Johnson hit a single and Gary Carter popped out to first baseman Mark Grace. Magadan singled to send Johnson to third base and Maddux was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Pat Perry. On Fernandez’s missed bunt attempt, Johnson got caught between bases and was tagged out by Grace. Sid then went down on strikes to close out the inning.

Fernandez yielded only a double to Curt Wilkerson in the top of the seventh. Perry hurled a scoreless bottom half and Sid retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Cubs’ reliever Jeff Pico pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Sandberg singled against Fernandez to lead off the top of the ninth. Dawson hit a force play ground ball back to McDowell and advanced to third base on a single by Dawson. McDowell then struck out Wilkerson and retired pinch-hitter Phil Stephenson on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.