April 22, 1990: Fernandez Pitches Two-Hit Shutout
|Date: April 22, 1990|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Keith Miller, Tim Teufel|
|Key play: Miller’s two-run homer, Teufel’s two-run single|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game weekend series. Sid Fernandez pitched a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets victory over Montreal.
Fernandez and Expos’ starter Mark Gardner each pitched scoreless ball over the first two innings of the game. In the top of the third, Sid retired all three Montreal hitters to come to bat. Gregg Jefferies was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Keith Miller followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Howard Johnson singled and stole second base before Darryl Strawberry drew a walk. Gardner then set down the next two Met batters to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Fernandez held Montreal to a one-out single by Tim Raines. Gardner shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning. Sid pitched a perfect top of the fifth and Strawberry tripled with two outs in the bottom half. An ensuing single by Kevin McReynolds scored Strawberry with the Mets’ third run. Gardner got Dave Magadan on a fly ball to left fielder Raines for the third out. Fernandez set down the Expos 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Montreal reliever Steve Frey then retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.
Raines singled and stole second base to open the top of the seventh. Fernandez retired the next three batters and Jefferies walked to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gregg advanced to second base on Miller’s ground out and to third on an infield single by Johnson. Howard stole second before Strawberry struck out and McReynolds was walked intentionally to load the bases. Facing reliever Bill Sampen, pinch-hitter Tim Teufel hit a single to center field to bring home Jefferies and Johnson. Mackey Sasser then hit a grounder to first baseman Andres Galarraga for the final out of the inning.
Fernandez pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Expos’ reliever Rich Thompson held the Mets to a two-out double by Jefferies in the bottom half. In the top of the ninth inning, Marquis Grissom lined out to center fielder Miller to lead off and Junior Noboa grounded out to second baseman Jefferies. Fernandez then got Raines on a fly ball to Miller that ended the game. The Mets had a win on Sid’s two-hitter to close out the series.