June 25, 1989: No Assistance

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Date: June 25, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 5
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds, Sid Fernandez
Key play: McReynolds' & Jefferies' doubles in 3rd, Dykstra's groundout in 9th

The Mets completed a three-game series with the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. It was a unique day as the Mets became the first major league team in 44 years to go an entire nine-inning game without having a player record an assist. Sid Fernandez and Rick Aguilera combined for 13 strikeouts, 12 infield and outfield fly outs and two unassisted groundouts in the Mets' 5-1 win.

Fernandez retired the Phils in order in the first on two pop ups and a strikeout. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning on Gregg Jefferies' single that scored Dave Magadan. The Phillies then tied the game in the second on Steve Jeltz's run-scoring triple that bring home Ricky Jordan. Fernandez recorded a strikeout and two outs in the air during the inning.

In the third, Sid struck out the first two Phillie batters and got Von Hayes to pop out to shortstop Kevin Elster. The Mets then came up with four runs off the Phils' Terry Hulholland in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back doubles by Kevin McReynolds and Jefferies plated three runs and Gregg scored on Elster's single. The Phils were then retired in the fourth on an outfield fly, a strikeout and a pop up to catcher Barry Lyons.

Fernandez shut down the Phils in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Sid recorded four strikeouts, three outfield fly outs, a pop up to Lyons and an unassisted groundout to first baseman Magadan. Meanwhile, Phillies' relievers Greg Harris and Larry McWilliams stopped the Mets on only three hits.

Aguilera came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the eighth. He retired Hayes on a fly ball to right field before allowing a single to Jordan and balking him to second base. Rick then struck out Randy Ready and Dickie Thon to end the inning. McWilliams followed by getting the Mets out in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the ninth, Aguilera gave up a leadoff single to Jeltz. Rick followed with strikeouts of pinch-hitters Curt Ford and Dwayne Murphy. Len Dykstra then hit a ground ball to Magadan, who stepped on first base for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory that put them into first place in the National League East without an assist from any of their players.

Notes

  • The only team before the Mets to have a game with no assists was the Cleveland Indians on July 4, 1945.