April 13, 1991: Gooden Fans 14 in Win Over Expos

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Date: April 13, 1991
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 5
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Howard Johnson, Dave Magadan
Key play: Johnson’s two-run homer

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. It was a matchup of pitching aces as Dwight Gooden squared off against Montreal’s Dennis Martinez. Gooden recorded fourteen strikeouts and the only stolen base of his career in a 5-3 Mets win.

Delino DeShields drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. DeShields stole second base and advanced to third on Dave Martinez’s ground out to second baseman Tommy Herr. Ivan Calderon went down on strikes and Tim Wallach singled to drive home DeShields. With Larry Walker at bat, catcher Charlie O'Brien caught Wallach with a pickoff throw to first baseman Dave Magadan to close out the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the first, Vince Coleman reached base on catcher Ron Hassey’s passed ball on a third strike. Coleman stole second base and Gregg Jefferies drew a walk. Magadan hit a force play grounder to first baseman Andres Galarraga on which Coleman advanced to third. Hubie Brooks drew a walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Howard Johnson scored Coleman to tie the game. Dennis Martinez then got Daryl Boston on an inning-ending grounder to Galarraga.

The Expos loaded the bases with none out in the top of the second inning. Tom Foley hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker for a 2-1 Montreal lead. Gooden retired the next two batters to finish off the inning and singled with two outs in the bottom half. Dwight stole second (his only career steal) and Coleman drew a walk. Jefferies lined out to third baseman Wallach to end the inning. Calderon hit a one-out double in the top of the third. Gooden then fanned Wallach and got Walker on a ground ball to Magadan for the inning’s final out.

Magadan led off the bottom of the third with a double to left field. Brooks grounded out to Galarraga (moving Magadan to third base) and a walk to Johnson ensued. Boston singled to score Magadan with the tying run and Herr drew a walk to load the bases. O’Brien was hit by a pitch to force home Johnson and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Dennis Martinez then struck out Gooden and Coleman to finish off the inning.

Gooden struck out the side in order in the top of the fourth. Dennis Martinez shut down the Mets after a leadoff double by Jefferies in the bottom of the inning. Gooden fanned Martinez to begin a perfect top of the fifth and Herr drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. O’Brien singled to send Herr to third base and Gooden went down on strikes. Dennis Martinez then got Coleman to ground out to shortstop Foley and end the inning.

A bunt single by Calderon opened the top of the sixth. Calderon was caught stealing on O’Brien’s throw to shortstop Johnson and a strikeout of Wallach followed. Gooden retired Walker on an inning-ending ground ball to Johnson. With one out in the bottom half, Magadan singled against Expos’ reliever Mel Rojas. Brooks grounded out to Rojas and an ensuing home run by Johnson extended the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Rojas then retired Boston on a line drive to right fielder Walker to close out the inning.

Gooden struck out Galarraga to begin the top of the seventh. Hassey grounded out to Magadan and a double by Foley ensued. Pinch-hitter Eric Bullock grounded out to third baseman Jefferies to end the inning and Montreal reliever Scott Ruskin pitched a perfect bottom half. Gooden struck out the side in a scoreless top of the eighth. Ruskin then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Walker got an infield single to open the top of the ninth. Galarraga and Hassey were called out on strikes and Walker advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Foley singled to drive home Walker and moved to second on a wild pitch. Gooden then fanned pinch-hitter Marquis Grissom to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Dwight’s complete game with fourteen strikeouts.