Jun 27, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1989) "El Sid" & Mets Win Game 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, Dave Magadan singled with one out, followed by a Howard Johnson double. Greg Jeffeies then drove in a run on an infield single.

The Phillies Steve Jeltz, tripled home Ricky Jordan to tie the game at one.

In the 3rd, Terry Mulholland walked both Magadan & Hojo, Kevin McReynolds & Greg Jefferies hit back to back doubles giving the Mets a 4-1 lead.
 
With two outs, Barry Lyons then walked & Kevin Elster singled to left field, bringing in Jefferies to make it 5-1. 

That would be all the Mets needed, as 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 Cubs, who lost the NLCS to the San Francisco Giants. That led to the Earthquake World Series where the Oakland A's dominated.

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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