August 6, 1989: McReynolds Homers in 14th
|Date: August 6, 1989|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Jeff Musselman|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: Strawberry's & McReynolds' home runs|
The Mets and Expos played on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 43,658 was on hand to see the Mets aim for a sweep of the three-game series. A home run by Kevin McReynolds in the 14th inning gave the Mets a 2-1 win.
Sid Fernandez and Montreal's Kevin Gross each pitched scoreless ball through the first three innings. Sid recorded four strikeouts and faced the minimum nine batters while the Mets failed to score despite four hits off Gross. In the top of the fourth, Tim Wallach hit a sacrifice fly that scored Damaso Garcia to put the Expos ahead, 1-0. Gross shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning. After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Fernandez fanned two hitters in holding the Expos without a run in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Darryl Strawberry homered to tie the game. Gross struck out the next two batters and retired Mackey Sasser on a line drive to left fielder Tim Raines. Fernandez chalked up his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the game before retiring Wallach with the bases loaded to end a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets then loaded the bases themselves in the bottom of the inning, but Expos' reliever Zane Smith got Strawberry to fly out to center fielder Otis Nixon for the third out.
Mets' reliever Randy Myers pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Smith retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. In the 10th, Montreal loaded the bases with one out against Myers. Jeff Innis came in and retired Wallach on an infield pop-up before getting an inning-ending force play grounder from Andres Galarraga. The Mets were then held scoreless by the Expos' Joe Hesketh in the bottom of the 10th.
Don Aase pitched a perfect top of the 11th inning for the Mets. Hesketh responded by shutting down the Mets in the bottom half. Nixon led off the top of the 12th with a bunt single, but Aase finished the inning with no Montreal runs. Expos' reliever Andy McGaffigan then pitched a scoreless bottom of the 12th.
Galarraga singled off Mets' reliever Jeff Musselman to begin the top of the 13th inning. On Nelson Santovenia's attempted sacrifice, first baseman Dave Magadan fielded the bunt and started a double play. Spike Owen singled and stole second base before Musselman retired Rex Hudler on a pop-up to shortstop Kevin Elster. McGaffigan then shut down the Mets in the bottom half of the inning.
Nixon got a leadoff single in the top of the 14th inning. He moved to second base on Jeff Huson's sacrifice bunt and stole third. Pinch-hitter Mike Aldrete drew a walk and Raines popped up to second baseman Gregg Jefferies. Musselman then got Wallach to hit into a force play and end the inning with the game still tied.
McReynolds led off the bottom of the 14th against Montreal's Steve Frey. Kevin hit a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a dramatic victory to complete a sweep of the Expos.