August 1, 1989: McReynolds Hits for the Cycle

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Date: August 1, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Sid Fernandez
Key play: Mets' double play in 2nd, McReynolds' homer in 6th, McReynolds' triple in 9th

The Mets started August after having lost their last seven games in July. Sid Fernandez took the mound in St. Louis and pitched a four-hit shutout to end the skid. Kevin McReynolds provided much of the New York offense by driving in six runs and hitting for the cycle. The Mets defeated the Cardinals, 11-0.

In the top of the second inning, the Mets scored a run against St. Louis starter Scott Terry. McReynolds led off with a double and moved to third on Dave Magadan's ground out. Barry Lyons then doubled to bring home McReynolds.

The Cardinals got singles from Terry Pendleton and Milt Thompson to start the bottom of the second against Fernandez. The scoring chance was quickly extinguished when Sid got Tony Pena to line out to second baseman Keith Miller, who threw to Magadan at first for a double play. Fernandez then retired the next ten Cardinal batters.

Juan Samuel doubled to lead off the sixth inning for the Mets. Howard Johnson singled to score Samuel. After an out, McReynolds clouted a two-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. Terry was then replaced on the mound by Frank DiPino.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets had runners at first and third with none out. Dan Quisenberry relieved DiPino to pitch to McReynolds. Kevin singled to score Johnson for another Met run. Magadan followed with a double to bring home Darryl Strawberry and McReynolds, making it a 7-0 game.

McReynolds came to bat with the bases loaded against the Cards' Ricky Horton in the ninth. Kevin hammered a triple to right field to score Samuel, Johnson and Strawberry. The Mets' lead was increased to ten runs as McReynolds completed the cycle. Kevin then came home on a ground out by Magadan.

Fernandez faced the minimum nine batters over the final three innings to complete his shutout. Sid got Pedro Guerrero for his only strikeout of the game to end it. The Mets' losing streak was over as they started August with a solid victory.