May 26, 1990: Fernandez and Pena Shut Out Padres

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Date: May 26, 1990
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Gregg Jefferies, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Fernandez’s single, Jefferies’ homer and double, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second game of a series on Memorial Day weekend. Sid Fernandez and Alejandro Pena combined on a shutout as the Mets defeated San Diego, 11-0.

Fernandez and the Padres’ Mike Dunne each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the second, Sid retired the side in order and the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. Fernandez got an infield single to score Mike Marshall with the first run of the game. Gregg Jefferies reached on an error by shortstop Joey Cora that allowed Daryl Boston and Mackey Sasser to come home. Kevin Elster hit into a force play and a wild pitch plated Fernandez from third for a 4-0 Mets lead. Dunne struck out Howard Johnson to end the inning and Fernandez set down all three San Diego batters in the top of the third. The Mets had runners at first and third with two outs in the bottom half. Dunne then got Sasser on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Jerald Clark.

In the top of the fourth inning, Fernandez fanned Joe Carter for his 1,000th strikeout as a Met in shutting down the Padres. Jefferies hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom half. Elster went down on strikes and Johnson reached on Cora’s error. Dunne committed a balk and a single by Kevin McReynolds scored Johnson from second with the Mets’ sixth run. Darryl Strawberry popped out to Cora to end the inning and Fernandez held San Diego to a double by Mike Pagliarulo in the top of the fifth. Padres’ reliever Eric Show pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. With two runners on base and one out in the top of the sixth, Carter was retired on a pop-up to catcher Sasser. Fernandez then got Benito Santiago to fly out to right fielder Strawberry and end the inning.

Elster singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Johnson flied out to center fielder Carter and a wild pitch advanced Elster to second base. McReynolds got an infield single and Strawberry singled to drive home Elster. Show retired Marshall on a pop-up to catcher Santiago for the third out of the inning. Sid hurled a scoreless top of the seventh and San Diego’s Calvin Schiraldi walked Boston to open the bottom half. Sasser singled and pinch-hitter Dave Magadan drew a walk to load the bases. Jefferies flied out to left fielder Bip Roberts and a sacrifice fly by Elster brought home Boston from third base. Johnson singled to score Sasser and extend the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Schiraldi then retired McReynolds on an inning-ending fly ball to Carter.

Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena limited the Padres to a single by Roberto Alomar in a scoreless top of the eighth. Strawberry homered to begin the bottom half. With two outs in the inning, Sasser drew a walk and Magadan singled to right field. Jefferies hit a double to drive home Sasser with the Mets eleventh run. Schiraldi then issued a walk to Elster and fanned Johnson for the third out.

Pena struck out Santiago to start the top of the ninth inning. Clark drew a walk and Pagliarulo followed with a grounder to second baseman Jefferies for a game-ending double play. The Mets had an easy victory on the combined shutout. The win turned out to be the last one for Davey Johnson as manager of the team.