June 20, 1985: Mets Complete Sweep of Cubs
|Date: June 20, 1985|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): George Foster|
|Key play: Foster's grand slam|
The Mets and Cubs finished up a series at Shea Stadium on a Thursday afternoon. After winning the first three games, the Mets went for a four-game sweep. A third inning grand slam by George Foster highlighted the day as the Mets came out with a 5-3 win.
Sid Fernandez and Chicago's Ray Fontenot started the game with two scoreless innings. The Cubs got a run in the top of the third on Keith Moreland's two-out single that scored Dave Lopes. Moreland was then caught stealing by Mets' catcher Ronn Reynolds to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Fontenot retired the first two Mets batters. He then gave up a single to Kelvin Chapman, who moved to second base when shortstop Chris Speier made an error on Ray Knight's grounder. Gary Carter walked to load the bases and Foster came up to bat. George hit a drive that cleared the wall in right-center field for a grand slam. John Christensen followed with another homer off Fontenot for a 5-1 Mets lead.
Speier's sacrifice fly brought home Ron Cey for a Chicago run in the fourth. Fernandez set down the Cubs in the fifth and sixth innings, striking out four batters. Reliever Roger McDowell then pitched a perfect top of the seventh for the Mets.
Moreland singled home Ryne Sandberg with two out in the eighth. McDowell retired Cey on a liner to shortstop Rafael Santana to end the inning. The Mets then failed to score against Chicago's Warren Brusstar in the bottom half.
In the ninth, Speier got a one-out double to bring the tying run to the plate for the Cubs. McDowell followed up by getting pinch-hitter Richie Hebner to fly out. Roger then retired Jody Davis on a ground ball to Santana for the final out of the game. The Mets had a sweep over their National League East Division captors from the previous year.