April 25, 1992: Fernandez Fans 11 in Win Over Phils

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Date: April 25, 1992
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Howard Johnson, Dave Magadan, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Johnson’s double, Magadan’s and Bonilla’s singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Sid Fernandez recorded eleven strikeouts in a 3-2 Mets win over the Phils.

Dave Magadan doubled against Phillies’ starter Kyle Abbott with one out in the top of the first inning. Bobby Bonilla popped out to catcher Steve Lake and a double by Howard Johnson brought home Magadan. Eddie Murray grounded out to first baseman John Kruk to end the inning and Lenny Dykstra drew a leadoff walk against Fernandez in the bottom half. Dykstra stole second base and scored on Mariano Duncan’s single to tie the game at 1-1. Dave Hollins went down on strikes and Kruk was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Murray. Wes Chamberlain walked and Fernandez struck out Jim Lindeman to finish off the inning.

Abbott pitched a perfect top of the second. Fernandez struck out the side in order in the bottom half and Willie Randolph drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. Magadan singled and Bonilla hit a single to drive home Randolph for a 2-1 Mets lead. Johnson was struck out and Abbott got Murray on a pop-up to Kruk to end the inning. Fernandez then fanned Duncan in setting down the side in order in the bottom half.

Abbott retired all three batters in the top of the fourth. Fernandez chalked up a pair of strikeouts in a perfect bottom of the inning and Randolph singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Willie advanced to second base on a balk and came home on Magadan’s single for a 3-1 Mets lead. Bonilla hit a single and Johnson was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Chamberlain, who followed up with a throw to second baseman Duncan for an out on Magadan and an inning-ending double play. Lake slugged a home run to open the bottom half. Fernandez then fanned both Kim Batiste and Abbott before retiring Dykstra on a pop-up to second baseman Randolph for the inning’s third out.

Abbott hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Fernandez retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Abbott set down all three Mets hitters once again in the top of the seventh. Sid got Chamberlain for his eleventh strikeout to begin the bottom of the inning. Lindeman grounded out to third baseman Magadan and a single by Lake ensued. Batiste drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis retired pinch-hitter Dale Sveum on a fly ball to center fielder Johnson to close out the inning. Philadelphia’s Curt Schilling set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Innis then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Schilling fanned all three batters in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Chamberlain on a ground ball to Randolph to begin the bottom of the inning. Franco struck out Lindeman and got Darren Daulton on a fly ball to left fielder Daryl Boston that ended the game. The Mets had a solid victory.