September 26, 1989: Fernandez Three-Hits Phillies

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Date: September 26, 1989
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez
Key play: Fernandez’s double, Phillies’ errors

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Sid Fernandez pitched a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Fernandez gave up just a walk to Bob Dernier in the top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Jason Grimsley hurled a scoreless bottom half and Sid retired the side in order in the top of the second. Mark Carreon singled with one out in the bottom half. Mackey Sasser flied out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra and a double by Fernandez brought home Carreon for a 1-0 Mets lead. Grimsley then issued a walk to Keith Miller and got Lou Thornton on a ground ball to second baseman Tom Barrett for the inning’s third out.

Fernandez hurled a perfect top of the third. Gregg Jefferies drew a walk to open the bottom half. Jefferies advanced to third base on Howard Johnson’s double and scored on Juan Samuel’s ground out to shortstop Dickie Thon. Dave Magadan followed with a grounder on which first baseman Ricky Jordan threw to catcher Darren Daulton for an out at home on Johnson. Grimsley then retired Carreon on a pop-up to Barrett to close out the inning.

Fernandez set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Sasser reached on an error by Grimsley to open the bottom half. Mackey moved to second base on Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Miller drew a walk and Thornton reached on Barrett’s error to drive home Sasser with the Mets’ third run of the game. Jefferies then hit a ground ball back to Grimsley for an inning-ending double play.

Thon walked to begin the top of the fifth. Charlie Hayes hit a single and Daulton lined out to right fielder Thornton. Barrett was retired on a fly ball to Thornton and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Steve Stanicek ended the inning. Philadelphia reliever Don Carman hurled a perfect bottom half and Fernandez retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. Carman then struck out the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Fernandez surrendered just a walk to Hayes in the top of the seventh. Carman yielded only a single to Thornton in the bottom half and Fernandez struck out Barrett to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Steve Jeltz was called out on strikes and Dykstra hit a double. Dernier popped out to second baseman Miller to finish off the inning and Carreon got a two-out single against Phils’ reliever Jeff Parrett in the bottom half. Sasser singled and Parrett struck out Fernandez to end the inning.

Randy Ready popped out to Miller to lead off the top of the ninth. Jordan lined out to left fielder Carreon and a single by Thon ensued. Fernandez then got Hayes to line out to center fielder Samuel and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Sid’s three-hitter.