May 9, 2009

Today In Mets History: Dr. K & El Sid Make For Quite A Weekend at Shea

May 10th 1985: 46,000 fans fill Shea on a Friday night,to see Doctor K go against aging Phillies veteran, future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. The Doctor was definitely in as he threw a complete game three hit shutout. He struck out 13 Phillies blowing his fast ball right by them; Juan Samuel went down four times all by himself. Gooden improved to 5-1 on the year, with a 1.31 ERA, and was amongst the top in the league in all pitching categories. His 13 Ks, and seven fly outs to the outfield gave the infield only four put outs all night.

George Foster hit his 5th home run of the year in the 4th inning, a two run shot, 2-0 Mets. In the bottom of the seventh after a fun 7th inning stretch, Gary Carter came up with the bases loaded. He hit a bases clearing double to making it 5-0 Mets. Times were good at Shea, as the 1st place Mets were rolling along at 17-8 on the year.


May 11, 1985: 20,000 fans gathered at Shea to see the Mets & Phillies go at it again. "El Sid" Sid Fernandez went for the Mets against Shane Rawley. The Mets got to Rawley early on a Keith Hernandez RBI ground out, scoring Mookie Wilson in the 1st inning. Kelvin Chapman got a sac fly RBI in the 3rd, again scoring Mookie. In the 5th "El Sid" himself singled, he moved to second as Mookie Wilson walked, and then he scored chugging all the way around the bases on a Keith Hernandez base hit. Mookie would score on a wild pitch as former Met Pat Zachary made an appearance in the game, helping the cause.


It would be all the Mets needed for the 4-0 shutout victory. Sid Fernandez had some control issues walking six, and the high pitch count got him pulled from the game after six innings. In those six innings he only allowed one hit and struck out nine. Phillies 1st baseman Von Hayes singled in the 4th inning for the lone hit. Only one batter (future short time Met coach Luis Aguayo) would even reach third base. Roger McDowell came in relief in the 7th and threw three innings of hit less shutout ball himself, striking out 4, walking one and earning his 1st save of the season. The Mets had their 15th one hitter of their history.

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