August 10, 1989: Mets Come Back for DH Sweep

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Date: August 10, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeff Musselman
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Barry Lyons, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: McReynolds’ home run, Lyons’ double, Strawberry’s double

The Mets and Cardinals played a twi-night doubleheader on a Thursday at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the second game of the twinbill. The Mets came from behind with six runs in the sixth inning for a 6-4 win over St. Louis.

Sid Fernandez and the Cards’ Ricky Horton each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Fernandez struck out Pedro Guerrero and Tom Brunansky to begin the top of the fourth. Terry Pendleton and Jose Oquendo followed with back-to-back singles to left field. Milt Thompson singled to score Pendleton for the first run of the game. Fernandez retired Tony Pena on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Gregg Jefferies. Horton then set down the Mets on three consecutive infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Vince Coleman hit a one-out triple in the top of the fifth. Ozzie Smith grounded out to second baseman Tim Teufel and a home run by Guerrero extended the St. Louis lead to 3-0. Brunansky flied out to right fielder Mark Carreon to end the inning and Barry Lyons doubled to lead off the bottom half. Horton retired the next three Mets batters and the Cardinals had runners at first and third base against Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman in the top of the sixth. Musselman then got Horton to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Kevin Elster for the inning’s final out.

Juan Samuel got an infield single to open the bottom of the sixth. Keith Hernandez was hit by a pitch and Horton was replaced on the mound by Redbirds’ reliever John Costello. Kevin McReynolds greeted Costello with a three-run homer that tied the game. Teufel flied out to right fielder Brunansky and a single by Jefferies ensued. Jefferies stole second base and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Lyons. Elster singled to advance Lyons to third and Frank DiPino came in to pitch for St. Louis. Darryl Strawberry doubled to bring home Lyons and send Elster to third. Against Cards’ reliever Dan Quisenberry, pinch-hitter Gary Carter hit a sacrifice fly to plate Elster with the Mets’ sixth run of the inning. Quisenberry then retired Samuel on a line drive to first baseman Guerrero for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Don Aase pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. Quisenberry shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Pendleton hit a one-out double in the top of the eighth. Oquendo flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a double by Thompson against the Mets’ Randy Myers brought home Pendleton. Myers retired Pena on an inning-ending ground ball to Elster. Quisenberry then held the Mets to a single by Howard Johnson in a scoreless bottom half.

Myers struck out pinch-hitter Jim Lindeman to start the top of the ninth. Coleman was retired on a grounder to second baseman Jefferies (who had shifted from third) for the second out of the inning. Myers then fanned Smith to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a doubleheader sweep to begin a five-game weekend series.