August 15, 1989: Kevin and Kevin in the Ninth

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Date: August 15, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeff Musselman
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Kevin Elster
Key play: McReynolds’ home run, Elster’s double

The Mets began a three-game series with the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. San Diego’s Ed Whitson held the Mets to one run over the first eight innings. Clutch hitting from Kevin McReynolds and Kevin Elster in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mets a 3-2 victory.

For the Mets, Sid Fernandez retired the first seven Padre hitters he faced. Garry Templeton then singled and advanced to second on Whitson’s sacrifice bunt. Bip Roberts got another single to score Templeton and give San Diego a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

The Mets had five hits off Whitson in the first five innings, but no runs. In the sixth, Howard Johnson homered with one out to tie the game for New York. However, a home run by Chris James off Fernandez in the top of the seventh reclaimed the lead for the Padres.

Jeff Musselman came on to relieve Fernandez in the eighth inning. Musselman retired the San Diego hitters in order and did so again in the ninth. Still, the Mets were a run behind with only three outs left.

McReynolds stepped up to the plate with one out in the last of the ninth. Kevin drilled one over the left field fence for a game-tying home run. Barry Lyons followed with a single before Whitson got Keith Miller on strikes for the second out. Elster then hit a double into the left field corner, scoring Lyons all the way from first base for an exciting come-from-behind win for the Mets.