June 15, 1989: Mets Come Back for 12-Inning Win

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Date: June 15, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 4
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Dave Magadan, Gregg Jefferies
Key play: Strawberry’s home run, Magadan’s single, Jefferies’ RBI single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind and defeated Chicago, 4-3, in 12 innings.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Ryne Sandberg homered for a 1-0 Cubs lead. Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez retired Andre Dawson on a fly ball to left fielder Kevin McReynolds for the third out and Chicago’s Greg Maddux pitched a scoreless bottom half. Shawon Dunston hit a two-out triple in the top of the second. Joe Girardi grounded back to Fernandez to close out the inning and Lee Mazzilli reached on an error by third baseman Curtis Wilkerson to open the bottom half. Gregg Jefferies followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Dunston. Maddux then retired Mackey Sasser on a ground ball to second baseman Sandberg for the inning’s final out.

Maddux singled to begin the top of the third. Jerome Walton drew a walk and a double steal put Chicago runners on second and third base. Wilkerson grounded out to first baseman Mazzilli to drive home Maddux with the Cubs’ second run of the game. Fernandez threw a called third strike past Sandberg and retired Dawson on an inning-ending fly ball to McReynolds. Sid hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Lenny Dykstra and Howard Johnson were retired on outfield fly balls and Dave Magadan drew a walk. Maddux then got Darryl Strawberry to ground out to Sandberg and end the inning.

Fernandez pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Following a rain delay of nearly an hour, McReynolds drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Kevin advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Mazzilli’s ground out to Sandberg. Jefferies hit a ground ball on which McReynolds got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Wilkerson. Sasser flied out to center fielder Walton to finish off the inning and Fernandez shut down the Cubs in the top of the fifth. Maddux then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mitch Webster tripled against Mets’ reliever Don Aase to open the top of the sixth inning. Lloyd McClendon flied out to right fielder Strawberry and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Gary Varsho ensued. Domingo Ramos followed with a bunt on which Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell threw to catcher Sasser for an out at home on Webster. Giradi singled to score Varsho and increase the Chicago lead to 3-0. McDowell retired pinch-hitter Dwight Smith on a grounder to second baseman Jefferies to close out the inning. Cubs’ reliever Steve Wilson then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

McDowell shut down the Cubs in the top of the seventh. Steve Wilson hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and the Mets’ David West set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Strawberry hit a solo home run. Steve Wilson followed up with strikeouts of McReynolds and Mazzilli to end the inning. West then retired all three Chicago batters in the top of the ninth.

Jefferies singled against Cubs’ reliever Mitch Williams to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Barry Lyons flied out to Walton and a pop-up by Mookie Wilson was caught by Sandberg. Pinch-hitter Keith Miller doubled and an intentional walk to Johnson loaded the bases. Magadan hit a single to drive home Jefferies and Miller, tying the game at 3-3. Williams then got Strawberry on an inning-ending ground ball to Wilkerson to send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers pitched a perfect top of the 10th. Chicago’s Jeff Pico hurled a scoreless bottom half and Girardi singled with two outs in the top of the 11th. A wild pitch moved Girardi to second base and Myers retired pinch-hitter Vance Law on a fly ball to center fielder Mookie Wilson for the inning’s final out. Cubs’ reliever Pat Perry set down the side in order in the bottom half and the Mets’ Rick Aguilera hit Walton with a pitch to begin the top of the 12th. Walton went to second base on Wilkerson’s sacrifice bunt and Sandberg was called out on strikes. Webster was given an intentional walk. Aguilera then threw a called third strike past McClendon to end the inning.

Magadan drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 12th. Perry retired Strawberry and McReynolds on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Webster. Mazzilli drew a walk and Kevin Elster came in as a pinch-runner for Magadan at second base. Jefferies hit a single to drive home Elster and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory in extra innings.