July 3, 1988: Fernandez 2-hits Astros

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Date: July 3, 1988
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 5
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Mackey Sasser
Key play: Fernandez’s RBI single, Sasser’s two-run single

More than 40,000 fans were at Shea Stadium on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon to see the Mets face the Astros. Sid Fernandez made the home crowd very happy with a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Houston. El Sid also got two hits of his own, one of which drove in a run.

Fernandez dominated the Astros’ lineup. He struck out twelve batters while no Houston runners got past second base the entire game. The only hits off Sid were singles by Glenn Davis and Rafael Ramirez in the second and third innings, respectively. Following Ramirez’s hit, Fernandez faced the minimum 20 batters for the final six and two-thirds innings.

The Mets’ scoring started in the third against Houston starter Nolan Ryan. Fernandez led off by reaching on an error and Len Dykstra doubled. Following a walk, Dave Magadan hit a sacrifice fly to score Fernandez. The Mets added another run when Dykstra crossed the plate on Howard Johnson’s ground out.

In the sixth, Sid’s single (his second of the game) scored Mackey Sasser to make it a 3-0 Mets lead. Sasser then got a two-out single to score Johnson and Mookie Wilson in the next inning for two more New York runs. Ryan finished the seventh before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Sid went on to complete his shutout for his fifth win of the season. The Mets moved to seven and one-half games in front in the National League East. They also maintained their status of having baseball’s best record at that point in the season.