July 18, 1989: Mets Club Astros with 15 Hits

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Date: July 18, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 9
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Howard Johnson, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Johnson’s home run, Fernandez’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. After dropping both games of a doubleheader to the Houston team the previous day, the Mets looked to get back on the winning track. A 15-hit attack led to a 9-0 Mets win.

Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Dave Magadan drew a walk. Howard Johnson followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Darryl Strawberry grounded out to first baseman Glenn Davis and a walk to Kevin McReynolds ensued. Keith Hernandez singled to advance McReynolds to second base. Astros’ starter Bob Forsch then retired Gregg Jefferies on an inning-ending ground ball to Davis.

In the top of the second, Fernandez retired all three Houston batters. Sid got a single against Forsch in a scoreless bottom half and shut down the Astros again in the top of the third. Johnson and Strawberry opened the bottom of the third inning with back-to-back singles. McReynolds singled to drive home Johnson and send Strawberry to third base. Hernandez hit a ground ball on which Davis threw to catcher Craig Biggio for an out at home on Strawberry. Forsch issued a walk to Jefferies that loaded the bases. Dan Schatzeder came in to pitch for Houston and walked Mackey Sasser to force home McReynolds. Fernandez singled to score Hernandez and Jefferies for a 6-0 Mets lead. An ensuing single by Juan Samuel brought home Sasser with the seventh New York run. Magadan hit a single to reload the bases. Schatzeder then got Johnson on a grounder to third baseman Ken Caminiti for a double play that ended the inning.

Fernandez held Houston to a leadoff single by Billy Hatcher in a scoreless top of the fourth. McReynolds drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on Hernandez’s single in the bottom half. Jefferies followed with a double to score McReynolds and extend the Mets’ lead to eight runs. On the play, Hernandez was out at home via a relay throw by second baseman Eric Yelding to Biggio. Sasser hit a grounder to shortstop Rafael Ramirez for the third out of the inning. Fernandez allowed only a single to Mark Davidson in shutting down the Astros in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Samuel got an infield single. Juan advanced to second on a wild pitch and Magadan went down on strikes. Another wild pitch allowed Samuel to move to third. Schatzeder then retired Johnson on a fly ball to left fielder Hatcher for the third out.

Fernandez recorded two strikeouts in hurling a perfect top of the sixth inning. McReynolds homered with one out in the bottom half for the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Kevin Elster hit a double and moved to third base on Jefferies’ ground out to Yelding. Schatzeder fanned Sasser to end the inning. Fernandez shut down the Astros in the top of the seventh. Houston reliever Juan Agosto then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

For New York, Jeff Innis hurled a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Mookie Wilson doubled (the Mets’ fifteenth hit) against Houston’s Mark Portugal with one out in the bottom half. Portugal then got Tim Teufel and Elster on consecutive ground balls to Ramirez to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers retired Yelding on a grounder to shortstop Elster to open the top of the ninth. Caminiti flied out to left fielder Mark Carreon. Myers then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Alex Trevino for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory with a 15-hit attack.