July 11, 1986: Carter and Fernandez Club Braves

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Date: July 11, 1986
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Sid Fernandez
Key play: Carter's 2 home runs

The Mets and Braves began a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Friday night. Sid Fernandez pitched a two-hit shutout while getting three hits of his own. Gary Carter provided the core of the offensive attack with two home runs as the Mets routed Atlanta, 11-0.

In the bottom of the first inning, Len Dykstra led off with a walk and Wally Backman followed with a bunt single. Both advanced on Keith Hernandez's ground out and Carter came to bat. Gary nailed a pitch from Braves' starter David Palmer over the left field wall for a 3-0 Mets lead. Palmer then hit Darryl Strawberry with a pitch, prompting Darryl to charge the mound. Both teams' benches rushed to the scene, but order was quickly restored.

After shutting down Atlanta in the top of the second, Fernandez got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Sid went around to third on Backman's single and Hernandez walked to load the bases. Carter hit a grand slam to extend the Mets' lead to seven runs. Palmer was then removed from the game as Craig McMurtry came in to pitch for the Braves.

The Mets continued their onslught in the third inning. Ray Knight got a one-out triple and Kevin Mitchell walked. Fernandez doubled to score Knight and send Mitchell to third base. Dykstra followed with another double to bring home Kevin and Sid, making the score 10-0. Fernandez then retired the Braves in order in the top of the fourth.

Strawberry and George Foster started off the bottom of the fourth by reaching on errors. Darryl scored on Knight's single for another Met run. Fernandez followed up with a perfect top of the fifth, striking out two batters in an inning for the third time in the game.

In the sixth, Sid again recorded two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning. He retired the side in order in the seventh and hit his second double in the bottom half off McMurtry. Fernandez then held the Braves scoreless in the eighth, despite a walk and a hit batsman.

In the top of the ninth, Sid pitched his sixth straight hitless inning. He retired Atlanta in order to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory as Fernandez recorded his 12th win of the year and Carter drove in seven runs.