August 30, 1989: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep

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Date: August 30, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Juan Samuel, Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson
Key play: Samuel’s two-run single, McReynolds’ grand slam

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 9-3 win.

Sid Fernandez and the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez each started the game with two scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Kevin Elster drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Fernandez went down on strikes and Gregg Jefferies singled to advance Elster to third base. With Juan Samuel at the plate, Jefferies stole second. Samuel hit a single to drive home Elster and Jefferies for a 2-0 Mets lead. With Howard Johnson at bat, Samuel was caught stealing on catcher Rick Dempsey’s throw to shortstop Alfredo Griffin for the third out of the inning. Fernandez then yielded only a single to Griffin in the bottom half.

Martinez set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Mickey Hatcher drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Hamilton hit a double on which Hatcher tried to score. Left fielder Kevin McReynolds threw to third baseman Johnson, who relayed to catcher Barry Lyons for an out at home on Hatcher that ended the inning. Martinez gave up just a single to Lyons in the top of the fifth. Fernandez then struck out all three Los Angeles batters in the bottom half.

Jefferies drew a walk against Martinez to begin the top of the sixth. Samuel doubled to send Jefferies to third base and Ray Searage came in to pitch for the Dodgers. Searage threw a wild pitch that brought home Jefferies and moved Samuel to third. Johnson walked and Darryl Strawberry popped out to Dempsey. With Tim Crews on the mound for Los Angeles, Johnson stole second. McReynolds popped out to first baseman Eddie Murray and an intentional walk to Keith Hernandez loaded the bases. Crews retired Lyons on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Hatcher. Fernandez then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Elster singled to open the top of the seventh. Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt sent Elster to second base and Jefferies drew a walk. Samuel popped out to second baseman Willie Randolph and a single by Johnson brought home Elster. Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases. McReynolds followed with a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Crews then retired Hernandez on a fly ball to center fielder John Shelby for the inning’s final out.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Hamilton homered for the Dodgers’ first run of the game. Shelby grounded out to shortstop Elster and a single by Dempsey ensued. Pinch-hitter Jose Gonzalez popped out to first baseman Hernandez to end the inning and Los Angeles reliever Mike Morgan pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Murray walked with two outs in the bottom half. Mike Marshall hit a two-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Fernandez was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Don Aase, who gave up a single to Hatcher. Aase then got Hamilton to ground out to second baseman Jefferies and finish off the inning.

Jefferies singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Gregg moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Samuel. Johnson doubled to score Jefferies with the Mets’ ninth run. Strawberry hit a ground ball on which third baseman Hamilton threw to Dempsey for an out at home on Samuel. McReynolds followed with a grounder on which Murray made a throw to Dempsey to get pinch-runner Keith Miller at the plate. Strawberry then got caught between bases and was tagged out by Hamilton for an inning-ending double play.

Shelby was retired on a fly ball to McReynolds to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mike Scioscia singled and pinch-hitter Lenny Harris flied out to McReynolds. Griffin hit a double to advance Scioscia to third base. Aase then got Randolph on a ground ball to Elster for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the three-game series.