May 30, 1987: Fernandez Strikes Out 11 in Shutout

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Date: May 30, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Fernandez's sacrifice fly, Strawberry's home run

The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Saturday night in San Diego. The teams played a two-hour and 25-minute game at Jack Murphy Stadium. Sid Fernandez pitched a five-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters as the Mets came away with a 3-0 victory.

San Diego starter Eric Show retired the Mets in order in each of the first two innings. Fernandez pitched a scoreless bottom of the first despite walks to Joey Cora and Tony Gwynn. In the second, Sid struck out all three Padre batters of the inning. He then drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Howard Johnson in the top of the third inning.

Garry Templeton singled off Fernandez to begin the bottom half of the third. Show's sacrifice bunt moved Templeton to second base and Cora singled to center field. Trying to score on the hit, Templeton was out on Len Dykstra's throw to the plate. Fernandez then got Randy Ready to fly out to Dykstra and end the inning.

From the fourth inning to the sixth, Fernandez and Show each pitched scoreless ball. The Mets squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth and were set down in order by Show in the fifth and sixth. Fernandez held the Padres to two hits and recorded a strikeout in each of the three middle innings. The Mets increased their lead to 2-0 on Darryl Strawberry's home run in the top of the seventh. Sid then struck out three consecutive San Diego batters after a single by Benito Santiago in the bottom of the inning.

Padres' reliever Lance McCullers shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Fernandez followed up with a perfect bottom half. In the ninth, Gary Carter hit a ground ball on which shortstop Templeton threw out Kevin McReynolds at home. As Carter was being caught between first and second for a double play, Strawberry came around to score the Mets' third run of the game.

Fernandez retired Kevin Mitchell on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds for the first out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sid walked John Kruk, but fanned Santiago and Bruce Bochy to end the game. The Mets had their fifth win in a row on Fernandez's pitching gem.