September 12, 1993: Fernandez Shuts Out Cubs
|Date: September 12, 1993|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Eddie Murray, Todd Hundley|
|Key play: Murray's two-run homer|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A faithful crowd of 21,924 was on hand to see the Mets try to break an eight-game losing streak. Sid Fernandez pitched a four-hit shutout for a 5-0 Mets win that ended the skid.
Fernandez held Chicago to three hits over the first four innings of the game. He yielded singles to Jose Vizcaino and Steve Buechele in the first and second, respectively, and a fourth-inning double to Glenallen Hill. Sid also recorded four strikeouts in shutting down the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Mets got a run against Chicago's William Brennan in the bottom of the second on Butch Huskey's sacrifice fly that scored Jeff Kent.
Sid kept the Cubs scoreless in the top of the fifth inning despite issuing walks to Buechele and Brennan. In the bottom half, Todd Hundley doubled with one out and Eddie Murray followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. The Mets scored no more in the inning after a walk to Joe Orsulak and Kent's being hit by a pitch. Fernandez then gave up a single to Ryne Sanberg and walked Sammy Sosa in the sixth, but still held Chicago without a run.
Brennan surrendered singles to Ryan Thompson and Hundley with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Murray singled off Cubs' reliever Chuck McElroy to bring home Thompson. Orsulak followed with the Mets fourth straight single to score Hundley. McElroy then retried Jeromy Burnitz to end the inning.
Fernandez pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. Sid singled off Shawn Boskie in the bottom half. Fernandez set down Chicago 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth, striking out Sandberg for the final out. The Mets then loaded the bases against Boskie, but did not add to their lead.
In the ninth, Fernandez retired the Cubs in order on three infield pop-ups. The Mets had a victory to end their losing streak. For Sid, it was his last complete game as a Met and the last shutout of his major league career.