Remembering Mets History (1989) Mets Beat Phillies Without Recording An Infield Asist

 Sunday June 25th, 1989: On this day, Davey Johnson's Mets (39-32) were one game behind the first place Chicago Cubs, as they took on Nick Leyva's last place Phillies (24-46). 

A big Shea crowd of 47,692 came out to see the Phils Terry Mulholland take on the Mets Sid Fernandez.

"El Sid" would put the Mets & himself in the record books on this day, as the fly ball pitcher would record all 27 outs in the air, without the Mets making one infield assist. It was the first time a National League team had accomplished this feat, joining the 1945 Cleveland Indians, as the only other team to do it.

In the home 1st, with one out Dave Magadan singled & Howard Johnson followed with a double. After Kevin McReynolds' struck out, Greg Jefferies hit a ball in the hole between second & short & reached on an infield single. Magadan was able to score the Mets first run.

In the top of the 2nd, the Phils Ricky Jordan singled & Steve Jeltz, tripled to tie the game at one.

In the 3rd, Terry Mulholland walked both Dave Magadan & Howard Johnson. Kevin McReynolds & Greg Jefferies then hit back-to-back doubles giving the Mets a 4-1 lead. 

After Mookie Wilson popped out, Mulholland walked Mets backstop, Barry Lyons. & Kevin Elster then singled to left field, bringing in Jefferies to make it 5-1 Mets. 

That would be all the Mets needed, as Sid Fernandez rolled along for seven innings, allowing one run
on five hits as he struck out nine & walked three. 

Rick Aguilera pitched the final two innings, holding down the Phils to no runs on two hits, while striking out four more. That night the Mets tied for first place.

That year the Mets finished ended up finishing second to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs lost the NLCS to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants lost to the Oakland A's in four games in a World Series that was rocked by the Bay Area Earthquake.

As for Sid Fernandez, he would lead the NL in winning % (.737%) going 14-5 with a 2.83 ERA (9th in the NL), striking out 198 batters (3rd in the NL) in 219 innings.


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