April 14, 1985: Gooden's Shutout Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: April 14, 1985|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Ron Gardenhire, Mookie Wilson|
|Key play: Carter’s homer and sacrifice fly, Gardenhire’s single, Wilson’s RBI double|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win that completed a series sweep over Cincinnati.
Gooden and Reds’ starter Jay Tibbs each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Dwight yielded three singles and issued a walk while the Mets failed to score despite four hits and three bases on balls against Tibbs. Gooden surrendered just a walk to Dave Parker in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Gary Carter homered for the first run of the game. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk and Tibbs retired both George Foster and Howard Johnson on infield pop-ups. Strawberry stole second base and went to third on catcher Dann Bilardello’s throwing error. Ron Gardenhire hit a single to bring home Strawberry for a 2-0 Mets lead. Gooden then grounded back to Tibbs for the inning’s third out.
Gooden set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Wally Backman hit a triple against Tibbs to open the bottom half. Mookie Wilson doubled to score Backman and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Cincinnati reliever Joe Price retired Keith Hernandez on a ground ball to first baseman Pete Rose that advanced Wilson to third. Carter followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Wilson with the Mets’ fourth run. Price then struck out Strawberry to end the inning.
Gooden hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Reds’ reliever Tom Hume gave up only a walk to Johnson in the bottom half and Parker flied out to center fielder Wilson to begin the top of the ninth. Cesar Cedeno grounded out to Gooden and a single by Wayne Krenchicki ensued. Dwight then fanned Dave Concepcion for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory for a sweep of the series and a five-game winning streak to start the season.