September 21, 1989: Fernandez Homers, 2-Hits Cardinals
|Date: September 21, 1989|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Mets' 4 runs in 3rd, Fernandez's homer|
The Mets concluded a road trip with a Thursday night game in St. Louis. Sid Fernandez pitched a two-hit complete game, retiring the first 13 and last 13 Cardinal batters while recording 13 strikeouts. Sid also hit his first career home run in the Mets' 6-1 win.
Fernandez and the Cards' Ricky Horton each started off with two shutout innings. In the top of the third, Sid led off with a single and Gregg Jefferies followed with a walk. After Horton struck out Keith Miller, a single by Howard Johnson loaded the bases for the Mets. Kevin McReynolds singled to score Fernandez and a single by Darryl Strawberry brought home Jefferies and Johnson for a 3-0 Met lead. Juan Samuel then hit a sacrifice fly to score McReynolds with the Mets' fourth run of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Terry Pendleton hit a one-out triple to become the first St. Louis baserunner of the game. Fernandez struck out Jose Oquendo before Todd Zeile singled to score Pendleton. Sid then got the last out of the inning on Ozzie Smith's force play grounder.
Fernandez set down the Cardinals 1-2-3 in each of the last four innings, striking out the side in the ninth to end the game. Meanwhile, the Mets added two runs off reliever Dan Quisenberry. McReynolds tripled and scored on Samuel's single in the eighth and Fernandez homered in the top of the ninth. The Mets ended their road trip with a victory on a memorable night for El Sid.