August 14, 1988: Fernandez Fans 11 for DH Sweep

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Date: August 14, 1988
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 4
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Howard Johnson, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Johnson’s home run, McReynolds’ single

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener, the Mets looked for a sweep of the Banner Day twinbill at Shea Stadium. Sid Fernandez struck out eleven batters in a 4-2 Mets victory over Montreal.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Tim Raines hit a home run to give the Expos an early 1-0 lead. Fernandez followed up by striking out Andres Galarraga. Tim Wallach got an infield single and advanced to second base on an error by shortstop Howard Johnson. Sid fanned Nelson Santovenia for the final out of the inning and Mookie Wilson reached on an error by second baseman Rex Hudler to begin the bottom half. Dave Magadan singled to send Wilson to third and Keith Hernandez popped out to shortstop Luis Rivera. Darryl Strawberry hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Galarraga to drive home Wilson and tie the game. Montreal starter Dennis Martinez then got Kevin McReynolds on a force play grounder to third baseman Wallach to close out the inning.

Fernandez pitched a scoreless top of the second. Leading off the bottom half, Johnson homered to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Tim Teufel reached on an error by Wallach. Mackey Sasser’s ensuing ground out to Wallach moved Teufel to second base and Fernandez was retired on a pop-up to Rivera. Wilson got an infield single on which Martinez made the Expos’ third error, allowing Teufel to score the Mets’ third run. Magadan singled and Martinez got Hernandez on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Raines. Fernandez struck out two batters in a perfect top of the third. Martinez then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Tracy Jones hit a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Fernandez fanned Otis Nixon for the inning’s final out and Martinez held the Mets to a single by Teufel in the bottom half. Sid recorded two more strikeouts in setting down the Expos 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Magadan and Hernandez got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning. Strawberry’s fly out to center fielder Nixon advanced pinch-runner Kevin Elster to third base. McReynolds singled to score Elster with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Johnson drew a walk to load the bases and Martinez retired Teufel on an inning-ending line drive to Rivera. Sid got Galarraga for his eighth strikeout during a perfect top of the sixth. Expos’ reliever Jeff Parrett then limited the Mets to a single by Sid himself in the bottom half.

Fernandez fanned two more Montreal batters in a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Parrett hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Rivera drew a walk to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Mike Fitzgerald flied out to center fielder Wilson and a pop-up by Hudler was caught by first baseman Hernandez. Raines flied out to right fielder Strawberry to end the inning. Expos’ reliever Andy McGaffigan then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Fernandez got pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson for his eleventh strikeout to begin the top of the ninth. Wallach hit a single and Roger McDowell came in to pitch for the Mets. Santovenia hit ground ball on which McDowell made a late throw to second baseman Wally Backman in a failed attempt for an out on Wallach. Backman threw to Hernandez to get Santovenia for the second out of the inning. McDowell then retired pinch-hitter Hubie Brooks on a grounder to Backman to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the Banner day doubleheader.