27 years ago tomorrow … May 11, 1985 – New York Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0 – Shea Stadium
No-no killed by Von Hayes’ fourth-inning single
Native Hawaiian Sid Fernandez was no stranger to the no-hitter when he came to the Mets, having pitched a no-no in his first start for Kaiser High School in Honolulu and two for the Florida State League’s Vero Beach Dodgers.
But “El Sid” struggled during Spring Training in 1985 and began the season at AAA Tidewater.
In his first start back with the parent club, Fernandez took a no-no into the fourth inning before the Phillies’ Von Hayes broke up his effort with a single. Fernandez was a bit shaky with his control, walking six while striking out nine, but he made it through the sixth inning before turning the game over to Roger McDowell.
McDowell pitched three scoreless innings to finish off the shutout for the Mets’ 16th one-hitter.
This game was significant for another reason. Mets’ slugger Darryl Stawberry injured his thumb while trying to make a shoe-top catch and wound up spending six weeks on the DL. The team had started the season 18-8 with Strawberry in the lineup, but posted a 20-23 record during his absence.
The Mets would finish the season three games back from the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. East standings, and would have to wait another season for their second World Championship.