July 23, 1989: Mets Complete Four-Game Sweep of Braves

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Date: July 23, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 7
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Mackey Sasser
Key play: McReynolds’ and Sasser’s two-run doubles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 7-2 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter David Cone retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against the Braves’ Sergio Valdez to begin the bottom half. Dave Magadan and Howard Johnson drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes. Kevin McReynolds hit a double to drive home Wilson and Magadan with the game’s first two runs and Gregg Jefferies was walked intentionally to reload the bases. Mackey Sasser doubled to score Johnson and McReynolds for a 4-0 Mets lead. An ensuing single by Kevin Elster brought home Jefferies and a fly ball by Cone was caught by center fielder Oddibe McDowell. Wilson hit a single to plate Sasser with the Mets’ sixth run. Atlanta reliever Mark Eichhorn then got Magadan to fly out to McDowell and end the inning.

Cone and Eichhorn each pitched scoreless second and third innings. David set down all three Braves batters in the top of the fourth and Magadan singled to lead off the bottom half. Johnson hit a double to score Magadan for a 7-0 New York lead and advanced to third on an error by right fielder Dale Murphy. Eichhorn then fanned both Strawberry and McReynolds and retired Jefferies on a pop-up to first baseman Tommy Gregg to close out the inning.

Jeff Treadway doubled to begin the top of the fifth. Jeff Blauser flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a single by Bruce Benedict scored Treadway. Cone struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Wetherby and got McDowell on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Jefferies. Atlanta reliever Pete Smith then hurled a perfect bottom half.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Lonnie Smith homered for the Braves’ second run. Cone retired both Murphy and Darrell Evans on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Wilson (who had shifted from center to replace Strawberry) for the final outs of the inning. Pete Smith set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Blauser drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Benedict popped out to Jefferies and a single by pinch-hitter Geronimo Berroa ensued. Mets’ reliever David West got McDowell on a line drive to Wilson that ended the inning. Atlanta’s Paul Assenmacher then pitched a perfect bottom half.

West shut down the Braves in the top of the eighth. Sasser hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Elster drew a walk and (with West at bat) Sasser was caught in a rundown on a steal attempt and tagged out by Gregg. Assenmacher then struck out both West and Wilson to finish off the inning.

Evans drew a walk to begin the top of the ninth. Jeff Innis came in to pitch for New York and got Treadway to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Magadan. Blauser singled and Benedict drew a walk to load the bases. Innis then got pinch-hitter John Russell on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a sweep of the four-game series.